Transforming habitus and recalibrating capital : University students’ experiences in online learning and communication during the COVID-19 pandemic

Mingyue Michelle GU, Corey Fanglei HUANG*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought various challenges to the education domain globally. This study examines how a group of non-local university students studying at EMI universities in Hong Kong adjusted to the dominant online mode of learning and communication based on their lived experiences in learning and intercultural social networking during the pandemic. Employing the theory of digital literacies and Bourdieu's concepts of habitus and capital, we show how students expanded, redeveloped and transferred existing awareness, knowledge, competences and practices to engage in a range of digitally mediated academic and social activities in this condition. We conclude by discussing how the findings may inform refinement or readjustment of digitalized/zing international higher education.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101057
JournalLinguistics and Education
Volume69
Early online date12 May 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research project (Project Number:RG76/2019-2020R) is funded by the Research Cluster Fund Scheme from the Education University of Hong Kong.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022

Keywords

  • Capital
  • Digital communication
  • Habitus
  • Higher education
  • Online learning

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