Journal article

Student belongingness in higher education: Lessons for Professors from the COVID-19 pandemic

Dianne Tice, Roy Baumeister, Joseph Crawford, Kelly-Ann Allen, Alisa Percy

JOURNAL OF UNIVERSITY TEACHING AND LEARNING PRACTICE | UNIV WOLLONGONG | Published : 2021

Abstract

‘To learn about X, observe what happens to the system when X is removed.’ What happens to the higher education student experience when, during a pandemic, so many of the avenues for building a sense of belonging are radically and fundamentally disrupted? How should we respond as individuals, a collective and a sector, to redress this? The national student survey data in Australia has highlighted a significant drop in learner engagement and their sense of belonging as a result of the pandemic. Indeed, the pandemic has been a significant point of anxiety for students, educators, and universities globally. We see the pandemic as a unique opportunity to critically examine belongingness among uni..

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