Facilitating Positive Learner Identity in the New Normal

Conference: The European Conference on Language Learning (ECLL2022)
Title: Facilitating Positive Learner Identity in the New Normal
Stream: Psychology of the learner
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Parin Somani, Independent Scholar, United Kingdom


The global effects of the covid-19 pandemic have impinged upon higher education students, particularly with physical closures of higher educational institutions due to national and international governing body regulations. The rapid transition from physical learning to digital platforms has raised numerous questions about learner self-identity which is a vital aspect of metacognitive knowledge of how students learn and personal perceptions about their ability to learn. This study aims to identify elements of learner identity that have been affected during the covid-19 pandemic, with the objective of facilitating positive learner identity in the new normal world. A systematic literature review of published and grey literature sources is carried out. Results have revealed the following components linked to learner identity in higher education affected during the covid-19 pandemic: Academic and personal skills, sense of belonging and engagement, motivation to learn independently, and learner socio-economic background. This study has deduced that by cultivating positivity and confidence within students, simultaneously accepting diversity as a strength oppose to a weakness, and complete access to learning tools, higher educational institutions can facilitate positive learner identities in the new normal world.

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