Dimitri Prandner, Katrin Hasengruber,
"Embracing the digitalization of research education? How social science research education was influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic"
: 7th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd'21), Vol. 7, Editorial Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, 6-2021, ISBN: 9788490489758
Embracing the digitalization of research education? How social science research education was influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic
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7th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd'21)
The COVID-19 pandemic led to a strong digitalization push at university level
teaching. The latter had to be converted to distance modes quickly. This paper
discusses the consequences of these developments for the field of social science
research education, a discipline where the personal interaction between
lecturers and students traditionally plays a major role in the transfer of
knowledge and competences. Accordingly, we ask whether lecturers accepted
distance learning as part of their work and if they will implement the
associated digital teaching modalities into their regular teaching repertoire in
the future. Furthermore, indicators shaping the acceptance of future distance
teaching are explored.
The article is based on a continuous online survey of lecturers (n = 169) who
teach social science methods and methodology at Austrian public universities.
The results of this study show that more than 40 % of the sample with or after
the experience of distance teaching will retain some aspects of it in their
teaching due to the CODIV-19 pandemic. In particular, the evaluation of the
preparation effort, the interaction with students and the attitude toward new
didactic methods play a central role in the acceptance of distance teaching.