The Impact of COVID-19 on Education: A Meta-Narrative Review

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BOZKURT A., Karakaya K., Turk M., Karakaya O., Castellanos-Reyes D.

TECHTRENDS, vol.66, no.5, pp.883-896, 2022 (ESCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 66 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11528-022-00759-0
  • Journal Name: TECHTRENDS
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, EBSCO Education Source, Education Abstracts, Educational research abstracts (ERA), ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
  • Page Numbers: pp.883-896
  • Keywords: COVID-19, Coronavirus pandemic, Education during the pandemic, Teaching and learning in the new normal, Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, FACULTY
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


The rapid and unexpected onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic has generated a great degree of uncertainty about the future of education and has required teachers and students alike to adapt to a new normal to survive in the new educational ecology. Through this experience of the new educational ecology, educators have learned many lessons, including how to navigate through uncertainty by recognizing their strengths and vulnerabilities. In this context, the aim of this study is to conduct a bibliometric analysis of the publications covering COVID-19 and education to analyze the impact of the pandemic by applying the data mining and analytics techniques of social network analysis and text-mining. From the abstract, title, and keyword analysis of a total of 1150 publications, seven themes were identified: (1) the great reset, (2) shifting educational landscape and emerging educational roles (3) digital pedagogy, (4) emergency remote education, (5) pedagogy of care, (6) social equity, equality, and injustice, and (7) future of education. Moreover, from the citation analysis, two thematic clusters emerged: (1) educational response, emergency remote education affordances, and continuity of education, and (2) psychological impact of COVID-19. The overlap between themes and thematic clusters revealed researchers' emphasis on guaranteeing continuity of education and supporting the socio-emotional needs of learners. From the results of the study, it is clear that there is a heightened need to develop effective strategies to ensure the continuity of education in the future, and that it is critical to proactively respond to such crises through resilience and flexibility.