A Narrative Inquiry of Coping Responses of Selected Deaf College Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Philippines


COVID-19 made an immense impact on the educational system worldwide. The unexpected disruption of face-to-face instructions and the sudden change in the academic curriculum stressed the learning and well-being of Deaf students. However, during the pandemic, their voices were primarily unheard. Therefore, this study aimed to determine the coping responses of selected Deaf college students in the Philippines during the COVID-19 pandemic. This qualitative study employed a narrative inquiry method through in-depth interviews and conversations, including biographical and arts-based narratives. Convenient purposive sampling was used to identify the participants. The instrument was a customized interview questionnaire, developed through the guidance of Special Education professors and pilot tested with students with similar interests as those who participated in the research. The transcript was examined, coded, and categorized. Four themes emerged: overwhelming feelings, managing time and responsibility, conveying the message, and nurturing faith in God, categorized into reaction, reality, request, and response, analyzed and interpreted using attribution and self-determination theories. The situation during COVID-19 brought overwhelming feelings to Deaf students. To convey their message, especially to their non-signing families, was challenging. However, this situation motivated them to manage their time and responsibilities at home and online schoolwork. Through family support, they accepted and understood the reality of the pandemic. It also opened an opportunity to nurture their faith in God. Further research exploring more profoundly deaf spirituality, resilience, well-being, and coping needs is recommended to give voices to the Deaf, especially during unexpected difficult circumstances.

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Jennifer Fabula, De La Salle-college of Saint Benilde, Philippines
Karl Salvador, De La Salle-college of Saint Benilde, Philippines

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Conference: ECE2022
Stream: Learning Experiences

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