Capstone Project (Open Access)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Due to the Global Pandemic of 2020, there have been a lot of changes in society. These changes have presented challenges to people’s mental health. Two of these changes have been the need to Shelter-in-Place and learn remotely through online and video conferencing. This capstone project is a case study investigating how remote learning has affected elementary school-aged students' mental health and what might be done to support elementary school-aged students with their mental health. The investigation takes the perspectives of 2 teachers, 2 parents, and 2 students living in South Monterey County. The purpose of this project is to answer the following questions: How has COVID-19 changed students' mental health? How has being at home affected your motivation or your engagement in remote learning? Have you given resources to parents that they can use in case needed? In order to find the answers to these questions, I conducted a literature review, by studying and reviewing peer-reviewed articles that discussed remote learning and the current COVID-19 pandemic. As an outcome of the findings of the literature review, I interviewed participants to find how remote learning has affected elementary-aged students? And what can be done to help support these young students? The results found that a lot of the students did not like being in remote learning, they felt stress, anxiety, and depression during this time. Parents really saw a change within their children, when they noticed the lack of motivation and engagement in their remote classes. Teachers noticed that students felt unconnected and as though they were overwhelmed or their work stressed them out.
Lomeli, Mayte, "Mental Health in Elementary School Children" (2021). Capstone Projects and Master's Theses. 1019.