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When public administration education switches online: student perceptions during COVID-19

Rawat, Stuti, Yan, Yifei, Wu, Alfred M. and Vyas, Lina (2022) When public administration education switches online: student perceptions during COVID-19. Teaching Public Administration.

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Identification Number: 10.1177/01447394221119


Public administration education is traditionally known for its emphasis on interaction, discussion and experiential-learning, which require effective in-person instructions. With COVID-19 pushing many programmes across the globe to be delivered online rather than inperson, how this shift has affected student experience in public administration programs has been a pertinent and important inquiry. This paper addresses the question through two surveys of 147 students in total, at a graduate-level public policy school in Singapore. Two distinctive waves of data collection allow us to capture a nuanced picture of student perceptions both when online teaching was introduced as an emergency response and when it was planned as a deliberate strategy later on. Our findings suggest that students consistently reported a decline in participation and interaction in an online setting, compared with a face-to-face setting. Our study fills a critical gap in the literature related to online public administration education in Asia, while the immediate constraints it highlights and lessons it offers on maintaining a highly interactive and engaging public administration education are likely to apply for educators elsewhere both during and beyond the COVID-19 era.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2022 The Author(s).
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2022 09:30
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 17:17

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