ISS study group analyzes data
14. Jun. 2021
Students from the M.A. International Social Sciences program, enrolled in the course, Participatory Planning Management and Evaluation of Development Projects, undertook a field study from June 7 to June 11, 2021, with lectures Annette Witherspoon and Dr. phil. Jill Blau.
Unlike previous years when these studies were conducted abroad, the study was only possible in a regional setting due to COVID-19 precautionary protocols. However, this did not detract from the intensity and experience gained from the course. Among other things, the students collected data on the impact of COVID-19 on students in Friedensau. Although the survey and analysis were intended for learning purposes only, it yielded insightful results that were shared and reflected upon in a validation meeting with some of the participants of the study. Some of the issues covered in the questionnaire addressed the effects of COVID -19 on academic performance, student’s assessment of effectiveness of online teaching and learning, and identified the most important challenges faced by students during pandemic. The practice study highlighted the need to conduct a proper study of the impact of COVID-19 on students lives in Friedensau, and to identify possible interventions to address some of the negative effects of pandemic on students.