Turning Crisis into Opportunities : New Insights for Academic Experiences During the Pandemic Inspired from a Cultural-Historical and Activity Theory Perspective in an Autoethnography

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Yu, Suxiang. (2023). Turning Crisis into Opportunities : New Insights for Academic Experiences During the Pandemic Inspired from a Cultural-Historical and Activity Theory Perspective in an Autoethnography. In Research and Teaching in a Pandemic World: The Challenges of Establishing Academic Identities During Times of Crisis pp. 303-314 Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-19-7757-2_20
AuthorsYu, Suxiang
Abstract

The crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed many academic practices and situations that used to be taken for granted, leaving academia in a state of shock and chaos. As an individual who tried to meet new demands brought by the changing academic environment, I also experienced a sense of crisis. However, as I tried to meet those new demands, I developed new capabilities and employable skills. In this chapter, I will present selected accounts of my personal experiences in academia, both as a Ph.D. candidate and a higher education teacher during the pandemic. Cultural-historical and activity theory concepts, such as the concept of activity and the concept of crisis, are used to provide analytical insights into my experiences. The new insights helped me shift my perception of crises as something negative to opportunities and potential for development. It is argued that the concepts of activity and crisis can be useful conceptual tools to transform our way of perceiving crises and thus find new developmental conditions for ourselves in challenging situations.

KeywordsCrisis; Cultural-historical theory; Activity theory; Ph.D. candidate; Autoethnography; Adults’ personal development; COVID-19
Page range303-314
Year01 Jan 2023
Book titleResearch and Teaching in a Pandemic World: The Challenges of Establishing Academic Identities During Times of Crisis
PublisherSpringer Nature
Place of publicationSingapore
Edition1
ISBN9789811977565
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-19-7757-2_20
Web address (URL)https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-981-19-7757-2_20
Open accessPublished as non-open access
Research or scholarlyResearch
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Print02 Jan 2023
Publication process dates
Deposited01 Feb 2024
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