Health and education concerns about returning to campus and online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic among US undergraduate STEM majors
Objective: We examined undergraduates’ concerns about returning to campus and online learning from home. Participants: Undergraduates majoring in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) at US universities/colleges. Methods: Participants completed an online survey in July 2020. We content-analyzed responses to open-ended questions about concerns about fall 2020. Results: Students (N = 64) were 52% women, 47% low socioeconomic status (SES), and 27% non-Hispanic white. Concerns about returning to campus included student noncompliance with university COVID-19 prevention guidelines (28%), infection risk (28%), poor instructional quality (26%), inadequate university plans for preventing/handling outbreaks (25%), negative impacts on social interactions (11%), and transportation/commuting (11%). Concerns about learning from home included difficulty focusing on schoolwork (58%), lack of hands-on/experiential learning (24%), negative impacts on social interactions (19%), family/home environment (15%), concerns that online learning wastes time/money (10%), and inadequate technology/Internet access (5%). Conclusions: Universities should address student concerns and provide resources to overcome barriers to effective learning.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of American College Health on 2021-10-19, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/07448481.2021.1979009.
|Work Title||Health and education concerns about returning to campus and online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic among US undergraduate STEM majors|
|License||CC BY-NC 4.0 (Attribution-NonCommercial)|
|Publication Date||October 19, 2021|
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|Deposited||April 04, 2022|
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