“The COVID-19 Crisis is Not the Core Problem”: Experiences, Challenges, and Concerns of Irish Academia During the Pandemic

Kalpana Shankar, Dean Phelan, Venkata Ratnadeep Suri, Richard Watermeyer, Cathryn Knight, Thomas Crick

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Abstract

This article, drawing on data from an international survey – distributed in the summer of 2020 – explores the experiences and concerns of academic staff (n=167) working in universities in Ireland and their perceptions of their institutions’ early response to the pandemic. Concerns related to transitioning to remote online working, impact on research productivity and culture, and work intensification, as intersected by enhanced managerialism, are ubiquitous to their accounts. As some respondents wrote of potential positive changes, particularly in the delivery of teaching, we conclude by suggesting potential avenues for building on successes in coping with the pandemic with some recommendations for mitigating some of the harms.
Original languageEnglish
JournalIrish Educational Studies
Early online date31 May 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 31 May 2021

Structured keywords

  • Covid19

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Ireland
  • online learning
  • higher education
  • managerialism

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