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Insights into the impact of the pandemic on early career researchers: the case of remote teaching

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posted on 2021-10-29, 16:35 authored by David NicholasDavid Nicholas, Eti Herman, David Sims, Anthony Watkinson, Blanca Rodríguez-Bravo, Abdullah Abrizah, Jie Xu, Chérifa Boukacem-Zeghmouri, Galina Serbina, Marzena Świgoń, Carol Tenopir, Suzie Allard

The study presents comparative qualitative findings from a longitudinal exploration of the impact of the pandemic on early career researchers (ECRs) from the sciences and social sciences. Using qualitative methodologies, it focuses on the increasing demands of remote teaching made on ECRs and the potentially negative effects these had on their research. The study also sheds light on ECRs’ country-specific teaching commitments and the extent to which these play a role in their assessment. Data comes from the first of three rounds of in-depth interviews, conducted with 177 ECRs from China, France, Malaysia, Poland, Russia, Spain, UK and US. The main findings, which are set against the published literature, were: a) over half ECRs teach and most of them are assessed on their teaching; b) there are significant differences between countries, with, for instance, French researchers hardly teaching and nearly all Polish researchers doing so; c) around a quarter of ECRs felt research was hindered during the pandemic because online teaching was increasingly demanding of their time; d) a preliminary analysis of ECRs’ gender-specific attitude to teaching in the pandemic-incurred new realities indicates that women experience more difficulties.


.A.P Sloan Foundation


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  • United Kingdom

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  • Independent researcher

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CIBER Research

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  • Yes

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The project was approved for expedited review by the University of Tennessee Knoxville Institutional Review Board (IRB) following procedures of U.S. 45 CFR 46. The internal case/approval number is UTK IRB-20-06132-XP. Participants were provided informed consent and the consent was written virtually. We used a QuestionPro web survey that contained the informed consent information. The link to the survey was sent by email to each participant separately before the first interview. All participants agreed to the informed consent by clicking an "I agree" checkbox at the end of the informed consent information in the survey. The QuestionPro survey tool captured each participant's confirmation, which was saved in an Excel spreadsheet as part of project documentation.

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Interesting study! You may want to submit this as a chapter on the forthcoming book: "Socioeconomic Inclusion During an Era of Online Education" to be published by IGI Global, USA. More information here:

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