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Impact of COVID-19 on undergraduate business students: a longitudinal study on academic motivation, engagement and attachment to university

Impact of COVID-19 on undergraduate business students: a longitudinal study on academic... This study aims to explore whether the COVID-19-related circumstances hindered these academic-related variables.Design Methodology ApproachThe authors surveyed two groups of undergraduate business students (42% male) who completed the questionnaires at the beginning and at the end of the semester. One group of students attended only face-to-face classes in the 2018/2019 academic year (n = 126) and the other group transitioned to online classes because of the COVID-19 outbreak in the 2019/2020 academic year (n = 99).FindingsThe findings show no statistically significant group differences between the pre- and post-test in students’ intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, feelings of attachment to the university and engagement dimensions of absorption and vigour. Nevertheless, a moderate negative effect was found in the dedication engagement dimension.Practical ImplicationsThe authors discuss the main results in terms of some practices that may contribute towards attenuating the effects of future emerging pandemics in the higher education setting.Originality ValueThe COVID-19 pandemic imposed a rapid transition to online instruction in education institutions worldwide. However, it remains unclear to date how students’ engagement, motivation and attachment to the university were negatively affected by the first COVID-19 outbreak. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Accounting Research Journal Emerald Publishing

Impact of COVID-19 on undergraduate business students: a longitudinal study on academic motivation, engagement and attachment to university

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1030-9616
eISSN
1030-9616
DOI
10.1108/arj-09-2020-0286
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Abstract

This study aims to explore whether the COVID-19-related circumstances hindered these academic-related variables.Design Methodology ApproachThe authors surveyed two groups of undergraduate business students (42% male) who completed the questionnaires at the beginning and at the end of the semester. One group of students attended only face-to-face classes in the 2018/2019 academic year (n = 126) and the other group transitioned to online classes because of the COVID-19 outbreak in the 2019/2020 academic year (n = 99).FindingsThe findings show no statistically significant group differences between the pre- and post-test in students’ intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, feelings of attachment to the university and engagement dimensions of absorption and vigour. Nevertheless, a moderate negative effect was found in the dedication engagement dimension.Practical ImplicationsThe authors discuss the main results in terms of some practices that may contribute towards attenuating the effects of future emerging pandemics in the higher education setting.Originality ValueThe COVID-19 pandemic imposed a rapid transition to online instruction in education institutions worldwide. However, it remains unclear to date how students’ engagement, motivation and attachment to the university were negatively affected by the first COVID-19 outbreak.

Journal

Accounting Research JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 19, 2021

Keywords: Higher education; Engagement; Motivation; COVID-19; Attachment to university

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