One of the major changes brought by the COVID-19 crisis in the Philippine educational system is the implementation of a full online learning modality. The study sought to determine the home quarantine activities of students in the Teacher Education Program and relate them to lockdown fatigue and event-specific distress during the COVID-19 pandemic. A survey approach was utilized to collect data on 314 participants enrolled in the Teacher Education Program in both public and private institutions. Both descriptive and correlational approaches were utilized in the analyses of data. The most prominent activities of the learners while confined at home amidst the COVID-19 pandemic include watching (movies, documentaries, comedies, and TV series), cleaning (organizing and decluttering things), reconnecting with loved ones and catching up with friends, sleeping (no alarm clocks; afternoon naps), and starting a new hobby. The Impact of Event Scale showed a mild degree of emotional distress in both the intrusion (15.18 ± 6.84) and avoidance (17.11 ± 7.46) subscales. The Lockdown Fatigue Scale demonstrated the concerns of the learners about their personal safety and their family members. The learners occasionally displayed difficulty concentrating and are susceptible to distractions and exhibited a frequent feeling of weakness and exhaustion brought by the current crisis, which contributed to their difficulty focusing on their academic workloads and intensifying their academic stress. A noteworthy finding in one of the activities done by the learners at home includes reconnecting with loved ones, which has a considerable influence in relieving distress during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mikel Ryan Lorenzo, Holy Angel University, Philippines
Medel Jr. Manalo, Holy Angel University, Philippines
Precy Cunanan, Holy Angel University, Philippines
Cathrina Jane Manusig, Holy Angel University, Philippines
Chelliemer Nourish Miguel, Holy Angel University, Philippines