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Rethinking the focus - outline of pandemic management based on the needs and learning and development requirements of children, young people and families

Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Menno Baumann, Dr. Andree Berghäuser, Tijs Bolz, Prof. Dr. Thomas Martens

Publication date 2021-02-01

ISBN: 978-3-936978-06-3


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Discussion Paper


In the context of the Sars-CoV-2 pandemic, which spread globally in the spring of 2020, non-pharmaceutical interventions were implemented in almost all countries of the world to slow down the spreading of the pandemic. After a first phase with clearly invasive interventions in the everyday life of the population, completed in three steps in Germany during March (cf. Dehning, Zierenberg, Spitzner et al 2020), these measures were largely withdrawn during the summer. Currently, we are again in the midst of very profound interventions, as incidence levels of COVID-19 infection and disease have been increased rapidly. 

The issue of what role children and youth play in the spread of the pandemic in this regard and under what conditions educational and childcare facilities can be managed responsibly, and what consequences their closure would have for society, has been debated in very contradictory terms ever since (cf. Baumann 2020a, 2020b, Munro & Faust 2020). And the discussion seems politically, scientifically, and socially deadlocked. In this article, the authors try to reverse the view and the question and to put the needs of children, adolescents and families as well as the learning and developmental requirements into the focus of a possible pandemic management. This perspective broadens the view insofar as it enables a scientific discourse about consideration processes and criteria.

Written by
Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Menno Baumann
Professor für Intensivpädagogik, Fliedner-Fachhochschule Düsseldorf, Referent, Berater und zertifizierter Sachverständiger für pädagogisch-psychologische Fragestellungen des Familienrechts, Mitglied der COVID-19 Forschungsgruppe „EviPan” des Netzwerkes Universitäts-medizin in der Arbeitsgruppe „Interdisziplinäre Konzepte und Maßnahme-Strategien” sowie des interdisziplinären Arbeitskreises „NoCovid”

Dr. Andree Berghäuser
Facharzt für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin, Neonatologie, Diabetologie und Ernährungsmedizin, Chefarzt der Klinik für Kinderheilkunde des Florence-Nightingale-Krankenhaus Düsseldorf

Tijs Bolz
wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Institut für Sonder- und Rehabilitationspädagogik, Fachgruppe Sonder- und Rehabilitationspädagogische Psychologie und Pädagogik bei Verhaltensstörungen/ emotionale und soziale Entwicklung

Prof. Dr. Thomas Martens
Professor für Pädagogische Psychologie an der Medical School Hamburg. Er leitet das Motivationsforschungsprojekt „Motdesign“ und ist Editor-in-Chief der Frontline Learning Research. Seine Expertise liegt in den Bereichen Motivationsforschung, e-Learning, Testentwicklung sowie Evaluation.

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Baumann, Menno,Andree Berghäuser,Tijs Bolz and Thomas Martens, 2021. Rethinking the focus - outline of pandemic management based on the needs and learning and development requirements of children, young people and families [online]. socialnet Materials. Bonn: socialnet, 2021-02-01. Retrieved 2024-06-20 from

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