African female university students’ experiences of online education at home during the COVID-19 pandemic
Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, universities in South Africa introduced remote online learning to ensure the continuation of the teaching endeavour. However, learning from home during a pandemic may be a challenge, especially for female students. The purpose of this research was to examine how African female university students’ home environments in a pandemic impact their experiences of remote online education and was underpinned by an African feminist theoretical framework. Using a critical paradigm, qualitative approach and single case study design, the data was generated from questionnaires and metaphors. An inductive thematic analysis of the data showed that home environments play an important role in the education of African female students, particularly in a context characterised by gender inequities and inequities in material resources. However, a sense of agency, displayed by some participants, is suggestive of their determination to overcome the many forms of marginalisation and discrimination they experience.
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