Special Issue "Effects of COVID-19: Issues on Health Economics and Education"

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Dr. Emilio Abad-Segura
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Department of Economics and Business, University of Almeria, 04120 Almeria, Spain
Interests: financial accounting; network science; data science; sustainable finance; data analysis
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Dr. Mariana-Daniela González-Zamar
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Department of Education, University of Almeria, 04120 Almeria, Spain
Interests: data analysis; network science; social sciences; economies; sustainability education
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Prof. Esteban Vázquez-Cano
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Didactics and School Organization, Faculty of Education, National Distance Education University (UNED), 28040, Spain
Interests: ICT in education; school organization and supervision; MOOCs; online and ubiquitous learning
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Dr. Eloy López Meneses
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Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

The coronavirus disease that started in 2019 (COVID-19) has meant a radical and unexpected alteration in certain habits and aspects of daily life globally. Among these, its appearance has caused important changes in both the health and education sectors, highlighting how government organizations have been able to adapt to the pandemic. The repercussions on educational capacities are assessed at the same time as the evolution of the disease. This new scenario requires adaptation measures and adjustments that reduce the economic, social, and technological gap in society. Likewise, COVID-19 has effects on the health economy, with consequences that are difficult to assess at present. It is interesting to understand the pandemic as an opportunity to study, in-depth, the functioning of the educational and economic systems in relation to the implications of the disease. This Special Issue on the “Effects of COVID-19: Issues in Health Economics and Education” aims to publish high-quality articles covering all fields of the implications of COVID-19 in health economics and education. Its scope includes the study of the socioeconomic and other variables inherent in these sectors that are affected by the disease. The articles will discuss scientific results from different perspectives, so that they make it possible to provide evidence on the study of the impact of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

 

Prof. Esteban Vázquez-Cano
Dr. Eloy López Meneses
Dr. Mariana-Daniela González-Zamar
Dr. Emilio Abad-Segura
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Keywords

  • socioeconomic impacts
  • COVID-19 economic response plan
  • social vulnerability
  • educational challenges
  • health versus COVID-19 for educational centers
  • promotion of health and well-being
  • online education and emerging technologies

Published Papers (3 papers)

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The Teaching Digital Competence of Health Sciences Teachers. A Study at Andalusian Universities (Spain)
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(5), 2552; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052552 - 04 Mar 2021
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The impact and benefit that information and communication technologies (ICT) have in the educational field require new teaching skills. This fact has been increased by the recent crisis caused by COVID-19. This study tries to investigate the level of digital teaching competence (DTC) [...] Read more.
The impact and benefit that information and communication technologies (ICT) have in the educational field require new teaching skills. This fact has been increased by the recent crisis caused by COVID-19. This study tries to investigate the level of digital teaching competence (DTC) of Higher Education teachers of Health Sciences, and its relationship with several variables. For this, it has the participation of 300 teachers from the 9 universities of Andalusia (Spain). The research is structured through a descriptive (RQ1) and inferential (RQ2) design. The answers given to the DigCompEdu Check-In questionnaire adapted to the Spanish context are analyzed. The results, which show high levels of reliability of the questionnaire (Cronbach and McDonald) and validity (CFA), indicate that the level of competence is basic-intermediate. In addition, the area in which teachers excel is digital resources. For this reason, it is proposed to structure personalized training plans and continue expanding the characteristics of this study at an international level. Full article
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Measuring Online Teaching Service Quality in Higher Education in the COVID-19 Environment
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(5), 2403; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052403 - 01 Mar 2021
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The use of the Internet to develop new technologies has generated a considerable change in teaching and student learning in higher education. The pandemic caused by COVID-19 has forced universities to switch from face-to-face to online instruction. Furthermore, this transfer process was planned [...] Read more.
The use of the Internet to develop new technologies has generated a considerable change in teaching and student learning in higher education. The pandemic caused by COVID-19 has forced universities to switch from face-to-face to online instruction. Furthermore, this transfer process was planned and executed quickly, with urgent redesigns of courses originally conceived for live teaching. The aim of this work is to measure the service quality of online teaching delivered during the COVID-19 period. The methodology was based on an importance-performance analysis using a structural equations model. The data were obtained from a sample of 467 students attending a university in southern Spain. The results reveal five priority attributes of online teaching that need to be improved in order to enhance the service quality of the virtual instruction provided to students. Universities need to redefine their online format by integrating methodological and technological decisions and involving collaboration between teachers, students and administration staff and services. The results do not apply to educational institutions that exclusively teach courses online, but to those institutions that had to rapidly adapt, and shift course material originally designed for face-to-face training. Full article
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The Outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic and its Social Impact on Education: Were Engineering Teachers Ready to Teach Online?
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(4), 2127; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18042127 - 22 Feb 2021
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The major impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are still affecting all social dimensions. Its specific impact on education is extensive and quite evident in the adaptation from Face-to-Face (F2F) teaching to online methodologies throughout the first wave of the pandemic and the strict [...] Read more.
The major impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are still affecting all social dimensions. Its specific impact on education is extensive and quite evident in the adaptation from Face-to-Face (F2F) teaching to online methodologies throughout the first wave of the pandemic and the strict rules on lockdown. As lesson formats changed radically, the relevance of evaluating student on-line learning processes in university degrees throughout this period became clear. For this purpose, the perceptions of engineering students towards five specific course units forming part of engineering degree courses at the University of Burgos, Spain, were evaluated to assess the quality of the online teaching they received. Comparisons were also drawn with their perceptions of the F2F teaching of the course units prior to the outbreak of the pandemic. According to the students’ perceptions, the teachers possessed the technical knowledge, the social skills, and the personal capabilities (empathy and understanding of the at times troubled situation of each student) for a very abrupt adaptation of their courses to an online methodology. The shortcomings of the online teaching were related to its particularities and each teacher’s personality traits. Overall, engineering teachers appeared well prepared for a situation of these characteristics and, if similar online teaching scenarios were ever repeated, the quality of engineering teaching appears to be guaranteed. Full article
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Title: Managerial Challenges and Opportunities in Managing Schools after the Post-COVID-19 in Nepal
Authors: Navin Poudel Dil Prasad Shrestha
Affiliation: Faculty of Social Science and Education, Nepal Open University, Lalitpur, Nepal
Abstract: This study explores the managerial challenges and opportunities in managing schools in the context of the post-COVID-19 (new normal situation). The study is based on the information obtained from teachers, headteachers, school administrators, university teachers, and others from both private and public educational institutions of Nepal. The study concludes: (a) schools have problems/issues to get involved teachers and students in teaching-learning process to attain curricular goals, (b) retaining qualified and experienced teachers appeared to be another challenge, (c) there are limited learning opportunities for the students and their learning is declining, (d) although there is a need for various pedagogic approaches to create conducive environment for students learning, some teachers still prefer to use traditional approach of teaching, (e) there is a possibility of hybridization of pedagogic approaches in the future, (f) there are managerial challenges related to teachers, students, pedagogic approach, physical and technical, financial, administrative, health/psychological, and others, (g) opportunities have appeared for teachers’ professional development, adaptation of hybrid learning approach, and pedagogical shift in teaching-learning, and (h) local governments must be responsible to, and accountable for, managing, supervising, and supporting the schools in their locality.

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