Bachelor of Education Science Students’ Beliefs, Perceptions, and Experiences of Online Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Case of Disadvantaged Students

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Abstract

This study examined Bachelor of Education science students’ beliefs, perceptions, and experiences of online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. The investigation adopted an explanatory mixed method research design and involved purposively selected students enrolled for Bachelor of Education degree specialising in Physical and Life Sciences at a South African university. These students came from rural areas, townships, and informal settlements, which are characterised by a myriad of socio-economic challenges. These challenges have profound implications for students’ resilience within the higher education sector. The study was underpinned by Technology Ac ceptance Model as the theoretical framework. Quantitative data was collected through administration of a questionnaire while qualitative data was collected through semi-structured interviews. Quantitative and qualitative data were analysed using SPSS and Atlas.ti, respectively. Findings showed that the students struggled to acquire appropriate digital devices and to access internet connectivity amongst other challenges because of their socio-economic backgrounds. They however demonstrated resilience through successful completion of their studies in the face of these critical challenges. Notwithstanding their socio-economic backgrounds, the students competed favourably with their peers from privileged backgrounds. The study has important implications for the alleviation of existing socio-economic disparities within the South African higher education system.

Original languageEnglish
Article number883
JournalEducation Sciences
Volume12
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022

Keywords

  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • beliefs
  • experiences
  • perceptions
  • resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Computer Science Applications

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