The Future of Education

Edition 14

Accepted Abstracts

Learning During Challenging Times: The Affective Impact of the Covid Pandemic on Educators and Students

Diane Boothe, Boise State University (United States)


Powerful new technologies, dedicated educators and resilient students are meeting the dramatic  challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic head on with a determination to succeed and move beyond the standard methodologies and best practices of the classroom. These unique challenges that have altered the educational landscape globally are impacting individuals in a variety of ways and particular attention needs to be directed at the affective level. The affective domain coupled with cognitive learning has a significant impact on teaching and learning. The affective domain involves feelings, emotions and attitudes, and relates to interpersonal aspects of learning and the manner in which we deal with situations emotionally [1]. This study examines the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on learning from the affective perspective as it relates to students and educators. The five levels of the affective domain namely, receiving, responding, valuing, organizing and characterization, can be taught to some extent, yet multiple strategies are necessary to understand the dynamics more explicitly, particularly since so many classes have transitioned to online teaching [2]. Not only is it necessary for educators to comprehend and realize the ramifications of the affective domain, but to be able to address these interpersonal connections to teaching and learning. This study seeks to investigate the experiences of students and educators from the affective perspective to determine the complex impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on learning outcomes, and the proactive strategies required to move beyond traditional approaches to learning. Examples and strategies will be provided from a variety of educational settings and perspectives.

Keywords  Affective, Pandemic, Interpersonal, Impact, Teaching, Learning


[1] Bloom, B. S. (1956/2001). "Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, Handbook I: The Cognitive Domain." New York: David McKay Co Inc. Affective Domain - Bloom's Taxonomy (
[2] Mirza TI, Mahboob U. Polishing the Teaching of Affective Domain in Online Education. J Coll Physicians Surg Pak. 2021 Apr;30(4):485-486. doi: 10.29271/jcpsp.2021.04.485. PMID: 33866742.


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