Vol. 11 No. 2 (2020): Media and education in the pandemic age of COVID-19

(Dis)connessi? Alunni, genitori e insegnanti di fronte all’emergenza Covid-19

Mariagrazia Santagati
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Paolo Barabanti
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Published 2020-11-02


  • Covid-19,
  • Primary School,
  • Distance Education,
  • Educational Inequalities,
  • School-family relationships


Even if the alarm caused by coronavirus in Italy has actually arisen as a medical emergency, it soon became apparent that there would be may other spill-over effects. The education system has been one of the first areas which have been adversely affected by this pandemic, as schools and university have been closed since the very first weeks. Schools have thus begun to build new ways of schooling in order to keep in contact with students and families and to go on with teaching activities. This article aims to focus on students’, parents’ and teachers’ educational experience in the time of the Covid-19 emergency. After a brief study of the situation of the Italian school before this pandemic, the paper seeks to investigate the lockdown effect on the school-family relationships and on the way of schooling during this emergency time. Findings show that distant learning has caused tensions and difficulties among teachers, students and parents, but at the same time it has enabled to reflect and to build new unexpected ways of drawing connections, guaranteeing socializing and refiguring the school on its role both of transmitting knowledge and of training the future citizens.