International Master’s Degree Students’ Well-being at a Finnish University During COVID-19
Pappa, S., Yada, T., & Perälä-Littunen, S. (2020). International Master’s Degree Students’ Well-being at a Finnish University During COVID-19. Open Education Studies, 2(1), 240-251. https://doi.org/10.1515/edu-2020-0128
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© 2020 Sotiria Pappa, Takumi Yada, Satu Perälä-Littunen, published by De Gruyter
The rapid developments and consequences of the COVID-19 crisis for university students’ well-being are presently being studied across the world. This study contributes to the growing discourse on university students’ well-being by exploring changes in international Master’s degree students’ well-being in relation to the move to online teaching and learning at a Finnish university during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study draws on 37 answers to an open-ended question about remote teaching and learning at the end of a survey on university students’ stress. The text data were analysed conducting a preliminary quantitative content analysis and a more detailed thematic analysis, from which two themes were developed. The first theme concerned respondents’ well-being with regard to their friends and family, including the desire for human connection, ways of coping and health concerns. The second theme concerned respondents’ well-being with regard to their studies, including the importance of social life on campus, affected concentration and motivation, degree-related complications, and online teaching and supervision. The findings suggest that sociocultural well-being may extend beyond acculturation and that decreased psychological well-being has repercussions for international students’ studies. The study concludes with a discussion of the study’s limitations and practical implications. ...
PublisherWalter de Gruyter GmbH
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international students university students psychological well-being sociocultural adjustment online teaching and learning ulkomaalaiset opiskelijat verkko-opetus stressi vuorovaikutus sosiaalinen vuorovaikutus henkinen hyvinvointi hyvinvointi vaihto-opiskelijat terveys yliopistot COVID-19 verkko-opiskelu pandemiat opiskelijat sosiokulttuuriset tekijät
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