Impact of COVID-19 on Emotional Resilience and Learner Engagement of High School Students

Conference: The Barcelona Conference on Education (BCE2021)
Title: Impact of COVID-19 on Emotional Resilience and Learner Engagement of High School Students
Stream: Learning Experiences, Student Learning & Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Nadia Alshahrani, Princess Nourah University, Saudi Arabia


This research study aimed at exploring the emotional resilience of high school learners who were learning online in April- May 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the impact of their resilience on their cognitive engagement. The results might provide a basis for supporting emotional engagement of high school students during unstable events. The research study used interviews and learners’ dairy to explore emotional resilience and learner’s engagement skills in high school students (N=8) from April 10, 2020, to May 16, 2020. Students used online e-learning during this period due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A grounded theory approach was used to analyse the two sets of data as they were being collected. The results indicated that emotional resilience and learners’ engagement were impacted in twelfth-grade students compared to eleventh-grade students due to isolation, anxiety, and fear for their future endeavour. The negative emotional recovery increased during the study period. Emotional engagement was positively correlated with resilience and positive emotional ability predicted learners’ outcome. The research study findings indicate that during unstable events or life-changing events, resilience is an important factor for the mental health of adolescents and improves coping ability. Cultivating positive emotions can improve learns’ engagement and efficacy.

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