COVID-19 pandemic

  • Postal Voting as an Ultimate Rescue Measure for Presidential Election During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Poland

    Author: Anna Rytel-Warzocha
    E-mail: anna.rytel@prawo.ug.edu.pl
    Institution: University of Gdansk
    ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8972-4088
    Year of publication: 2020
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    Pages: 99-112
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/ppk.2020.05.07
    PDF: ppk/57/ppk5707.pdf

    The article concerns the Polish regulation and practice concerning postal voting. After presenting some background information on postal voting in Poland, such as the circumstances of its introduction in 2011 and changes it has undergone since then, the author focuses on the latest amendments related to postal voting in the presidential election that were ordered for 10 May 2020. The issue has recently become extremely topical as the ruling party wanted to use postal voting for a large scale as a remedy for problems with holding the traditional election due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That idea was followed by the adoption of a specific law which, however, has aroused many controversies and great doubts about its constitutionality, mainly related to the way it was proceeded.

  • COVID-19 as a Green Light for the Regeneration of ISIS’ Forces in North-East Syria

    Author: Oskar Schaefer
    E-mail: o.j.schaefer@umail.leidenuniv.nl
    Institution: Leiden University (Netherlands)
    ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1504-8977
    Published online: 30 June 2021
    Final submission: 26 May 2021
    Printed issue: December 2021
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    Page no: 7
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/ppsy202127
    PDF: ppsy/50/ppsy202127.pdf

    Following the fall of the so-called Islamic State in March 2019, tens of thousands of its fighters, along with their wives and children, were captured and detained in facilities controlled by Syrian Democratic Forces in northeast Syria. Many of which were European. Based on the information provided by scientific institutes and journalists, the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic had had a significant impact on the functioning of those facilities. Not only did it aggravate an already severe humanitarian crisis, pushing the detainees to reinforce their attempts of escaping and rioting against the guards, but it also lowered the security level in the controlled facilities, allowing a flourishing of criminal activities. Furthermore, the detainment of ISIS followers turned into a political game between the Kurdish coalition and the United States. The global health crisis put to the test the strategy of many Western governments of keeping European ISIS fighters in the Middle East while pressuring the international community to rethink its approach towards this crescent problem.

  • Wybory parlamentarne w czasie pandemii COVID-19. Przykład wyborów litewskich w 2020 r.

    Author: Martinas Malużinas
    Institution: Uniwersytet Łódzki
    Year of publication: 2021
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    Pages: 216-233
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/athena.2021.69.13
    PDF: apsp/69/apsp6913.pdf

    Przedmiotem niniejszego artykułu są wybory parlamentarne w Republice Litewskiej. Podjęto się analizy przebiegu i uwarunkowań instytucjonalnych wyborów, które odbyły się na Litwie w październiku 2020 roku w czasie trwającej pandemii Covid-19. W artykule przeanalizowano takie elementy, jak: wyniki wyborów na Litwie w 2020 r., nowe regulacje wyborcze, a także zaimplementowane nowe techniki głosowania w czasie pandemii. Oprócz tego poruszono także zagadnienia przebiegu kampanii wyborczej, która prowadzona była w warunkach obostrzeń i ograniczeń, które miały zwiększyć bezpieczeństwo wyborców oraz zmniejszyć transmisję koronawirusa SARS-CoV-2.

  • Akulturacja studentów międzynarodowych w trakcie pandemii COVID-19

    Author: Anna Linka
    Institution: Uniwersytet Szczeciński
    ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3178-088
    Year of publication: 2021
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    Pages: 297-310
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/em.2021.02.16
    PDF: em/15/em1516.pdf

    W niniejszym artykule przedstawiono oddziaływanie pandemii COVID-19 na akulturację i strategie akulturacyjne studentów międzynarodowych w UE, USA i Australii. Pandemia wyostrzyła trudne i ryzykowne aspekty akulturacji studentów, przyśpieszając ją. Izolacja pandemiczna oraz chaos informacyjny spowodowany pandemią utrudniają badanym przejście od fazy szoku kulturowego do fazy zdrowienia/adaptacji. U tych, którzy przed pandemią zbliżali się do tego etapu, można zaobserwować zatrzymanie adaptacji i przyjęcie strategii wymuszonej separacji. Studenci wybierają strategie akulturacyjne - lub przez pandemię są skazani na takie wybory - które nie wiążą się z budowaniem relacji ze społeczeństwem przyjmującym: separację i marginalizację. Integracja pojawia się jedynie w kontekście relacji z innymi studentami międzynarodowymi, mieszkającymi w tym samym miejscu. Równocześnie studenci wyrażają obawy co tego, czy pandemia i jej skutki umożliwią im dalszą integrację ze społeczeństwem przyjmującym. To z kolei rodzi obawę przyszłego odpływu studentów międzynarodowych z UE, USA i Australii, czemu można zapobiec, zmieniając paradygmat myślenia o miejscu studentów międzynarodowych w systemach wspomnianych krajów.

  • Kształcenie zdalne studentów pedagogiki w czasie pandemii COVID-19 – rozważania empiryczne

    Author: Beata Pituła
    E-mail: beata.pitula@polsl.pl
    Institution: Politechnika Śląska
    ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7691-3821
    Author: Barbara Grzyb
    E-mail: barbara.grzyb@polsl.pl
    Institution: Politechnika Śląska
    ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3649-4068
    Year of publication: 2021
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    Pages: 88-116
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/kie.2021.03.05
    PDF: kie/133/kie13305.pdf

    Distance learning of pedagogy students during the COVID-19 pandemic – empirical considerations

    The article presents the results of research conducted in 2020 among students of pedagogy of the Institute of Education and Communication Research of the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice (Poland) regarding the evaluation of the quality of remote education introduced in response to the situation caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic and compared them with the results obtained by others native and foreign researchers, which made it possible to specify several conclusions for further work on the application of this form of education in academic education. The main method used in the research was a diagnostic survey with the technique assigned to it. The survey, taking into account the current situation of the university, resulting from distance learning during the pandemic, as well as other information disclosed by the media, consisted of two parts. The first part contained four questions (including those relating to demographic conditions). The second part consisted of questions focused on the research issues set out in this study, the main purpose of which was to learn about the opinions and views of students of pedagogy on compulsory distance education, implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic. The results of the research have brought a lot of new information, important for the extended analyzes and measurements of remote education conducted in many countries during the lockdown, which will allow, during possible subsequent epidemic threats, to exclude the diagnosed and identified problems that hinder the implementation of remote education of students.

  • Wypowiadanie umów o zakazie konkurencji w czasie pandemii COVID-19 - kilka uwag na temat konstytucyjności przepisów antykryzysowych

    Author: Anna Rytel-Warzocha
    E-mail: anna.rytel@prawo.ug.edu.pl
    Institution: Uniwersytet Gdański
    ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6639-8010
    Year of publication: 2021
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    Pages: 151-161
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/ppk.2021.05.11
    PDF: ppk/63/ppk6311.pdf

    Termination of non-competition agreements during the COVID-19 pandemic – some remarks on the constitutionality of anti-crisis regulations

    In 2020, the act commonly referred to as the „shield 4.0” introduced to the Polish legal system a provision which stipulates that during the period of the epidemic threat or epidemic state announced due to COVID-19, a party to a non-competition agreement, in favor of which it has been established, may terminate the agreement within seven days. This right is unilateral, granted only to the employer, who may use it regardless of whether the introduced state of epidemic has actually caused the deterioration of his economic situation or not. The aim of the article is not to assess the rationality or accuracy of the introduced solutions, but only to assess their constitutionality from the point of view of a number of constitutional principles, such as the principle of individual trust in the state, the principle of legal security, the principle of equality of parties to private-law relations, the principle of protection of acquired rights and protection of interests in progress, as well as constitutionally protected rights and freedoms, including freedom of contract or property rights.

  • Educational and Social Support for Children during the Pandemic Provided by Young Volunteers Working in the Dialog Foundation in Białystok: Research Report

    Author: Agata Butarewicz-Głowacka
    E-mail: a.butarewicz@uwb.edu.pl
    Institution: University of Białystok
    ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9348-7115
    Year of publication: 2021
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    Pages: 240-257
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/kie.2021.04.14
    PDF: kie/134/kie13414.pdf

    The aim of the paper is to present the specificity of work of young volunteers in the service of children in the pandemic (types of activities they undertake, problems and benefits they and their pupils experience). The first part of the text presents theoretical assumptions of social and educational support for children. Volunteering in the pandemic in Poland in the third sector has been covered based on the latest research results and the activities of the Dialog Foundation in Białystok. The second part of the text shows methodological assumptions of qualitative research, which was conducted using the method of individual cases in March 2021 among volunteers of the Dialog Foundation. Chosen research results concerning the social and educational support provided to children during the pandemic by young volunteers have been showed. In the light of the results of my research, social and educational support provided to Foundation’s pupils by volunteers is of great importance in their daily functioning during the pandemic, prevents school failures and reduces the feeling of loneliness. The results of the research may hopefully contribute to the development of educational research in regard to the functioning of volunteering in aid of children with educational and social deficits.

  • Difficulties Perceived by Polish Academic Teachers in Connection with the COVID-19 Pandemic: Predictive Role of Resilience

    Author: Agnieszka Gabryś
    E-mail: gabrysagnieszka@wp.pl
    Institution: Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin
    ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8502-7119
    Author: Magdalena Boczkowska
    Institution: Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin
    ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3435-8193
    Year of publication: 2021
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    Pages: 115-130
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/kie.2021.02.08
    PDF: kie/132/kie13208.pdf

    Coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19) poses a significant challenge for the society. One of such social groups are academic teachers. The aim of this study is to become acquainted with the perceived difficulties of Polish academic teachers connected with the COVID-19 pandemic and to assess the importance of resilience in perceiving these difficulties. One hundred and one (n = 101) Polish academic teachers completed the Scale of Perceived Difficulties Associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic SOTCov19 (NA) and the Resilience Assessment Scale SPP-25. The descriptive statistics, correlation analysis (Pearson’s correlations coefficient), and progressive stepwise regression analysis were used. The study shows that Polish academic teachers experience the greatest difficulties in three areas: recreational and cultural aspect, health and care aspects, and remote working - online lessons. A significant correlation between included variables was obtained. It is also well worth mentioning that the two subscales of resilience - tolerance for failure and treating life as a challenge, and personal competence to deal with and tolerance of negative emotions - entail a predictive function in explaining the perceived difficulties, however the percentage of variance is low, unlike expected.

  • Rynek pracy w Polsce a pandemia COVID-19 jako wyzwanie dla polityki społecznej i jej polityk szczegółowych

    Author: Jacek Szkurłat
    Institution: Uniwersytet Jana Kochanowskiego Kielce
    ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3645-5723
    Year of publication: 2021
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    Pages: 191-205
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/cip202111
    PDF: cip/19/cip1911.pdf

    Pandemia COVID-19 jest czynnikiem, który może w znaczącym stopniu zmienić sytuację na rynku pracy w Polsce. Obecnie – choć poza sporem pozostaje to, że takie przekształcenia nastąpią – można jednakże mówić raczej o pewnych prognozach co do przewidywanych kierunków i stopnia możliwych modyfikacji w tym zakresie, a finalny ich stan będzie efektem tak czasu trwania swoistego „zawieszenia” działalności szeregu firm, ale i pracowników, jak i efektywności podejmowanych działań – zarówno w sferze medycznej, jak i ekonomicznej, czy społecznej. Przedstawiony artykuł jest jednym z głosów w dyskusji na wskazany temat, toczącej się w przestrzeni publicznej, której celem jest nie tylko wskazanie potencjalnych wektorów rozwoju rynku pracy w trakcie i po trwającej pandemii, ale także zidentyfikowanie jego głównych problemów. Bowiem to właśnie w okresach znacznego pogorszenia koniunktury ujawniają się nieprawidłowości i zaniedbania, które mogą mieć istotny wpływ na rynek pracy i jego uczestników.

  • Adaptation of Students to Educational Changes Caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Author: Beata Pituła
    E-mail: bpitula@o2.pl
    Institution: Silesian University of Technology
    Author: Barbara Grzyb
    E-mail: Barbara.Grzyb@polsl.pl
    Institution: Silesian University of Technology
    Year of publication: 2021
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    Pages: 47-56
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/tner.21.66.4.04
    PDF: tner/202104/tner6604.pdf

    The article presents research results obtained as part of the implemented project regarding identification of the process of adaptation of students to the conditions of new education caused by the pandemic. The opinions of students have been obtained by means of a diagnostic survey. They allowed to reconstruct individual adaptation models adopted by the students in response to distance learning and need to adjust to the education process during lockdown.

  • Remote Learning During the Covid-19 Pandemic in the Opinion of Polish University Students

    Author: Małgorzata Biedroń
    E-mail: malgorzata.biedron@uwr.edu.pl
    Institution: University of Wrocław
    Author: Anna Mitręga
    E-mail: anna.mitrega@uwr.edu.pl
    Institution: University of Wrocław
    Author: Mirosława Wawrzak-Chodaczek
    E-mail: miroslawa.wawrzakchodaczek@uwr.edu.pl
    Institution: University of Wrocław
    Year of publication: 2021
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    Pages: 122-133
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/tner.21.64.2.10
    PDF: tner/202102/tner6410.pdf

    Universities around the world have overwhelmingly switched to online teaching and e-learning, necessitated by social distancing measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to provide education as eff ectively as possible and achieve the required educational objectives, people involved in the teaching process at the university have taken a number of steps to give students access to materials necessary to obtain the intended learning outcomes in a particular subject. In this article, we present the results of empirical research on remote classes at Polish universities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Th e research focused on methods and forms of distance learning.

  • Health and Well-Being of DepEd Regional Office IX Employees Predicting Grit During Covid-19 Pandemic

    Author: Ramel P. Cael
    E-mail: ramel.cael@deped.gov.ph
    Institution: Department of Education, Region IX – Zamboanga Peninsula
    Year of publication: 2021
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    Pages: 27-37
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/tner.21.63.1.02
    PDF: tner/202101/tner6302.pdf

    This study explored the links between health and well-being to the grit of DepEd Regional Office IX employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 75 employees participated in this descriptive correlational research through an online and offline self-report questionnaire. The data analysis utilized multiple linear regression to determine grit’s predictors from the mental health continuum of emotional, psychological, and social well-being. The study showed that health and well-being factors positively correlated with employees’ grit. Moreover, the results revealed that the employees’ psychological and social well-being were significant predictors of grit while emotional well-being did not significantly predict employees’ grit. These research outcomes affirm that if the workers are psychologically and socially healthy, they tend to perform better. These outcomes suggest that workplace measures should be in place to promote workers’ health and well-being for them to fulfill their job effectively and efficiently.

  • Indywidualny kapitał społeczny i jego znaczenie dla dobrostanu emocjonalnego studentów w czasie pandemii COVID-19

    Author: Jolanta Muszyńska
    Institution: Uniwersytet w Białymstoku
    ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8116-4343
    Author: Szymon Cyprian Czupryński
    Institution: Uniwersytet w Białymstoku
    ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4995-1571
    Year of publication: 2022
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    Pages: 135-150
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/em.2022.01.09
    PDF: em/16/em1609.pdf

    The meaning of individual social capital for the emotional well-being of students during the COVID-19 pandemic

    The article presents the results of the research conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021 among students of the University of Bialystok. The aim of the study was to determine the meaning of individual social capital for the emotional well-being of students. Emotional well-being has been defined as an overall assessment of an individual’s quality of life. Individual social capital is a potential resource of personal and social networks of individuals, which they “use” in various life situations. The study showed an interdependence between the individual social capital of students and their emotional well-being.

  • Extraordinary Legal Measures and Their Application as a Response of States to the First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Author: Boguslaw Stanisław Przywora
    E-mail: bprzywora@op.pl
    Institution: Jan Długosz University in Częstochowa (Poland)
    ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8809-3971
    Author: Karol Dobrzeniecki
    E-mail: dobrzeniec@wp.pl
    Institution: Nicolaus Copernicus University (Poland)
    ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6364-9793
    Published online: 30 January 2021
    Final submission: 27 October 2021
    Printed issue: March 2022
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    Page no: 13
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/ppsy202211
    PDF: ppsy/51/ppsy202211.pdf

    The topic of the present article is the response of states to the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic by using extraordinary legal measures provided for in their constitutions and legislation. By reference to the research project's findings, the authors characterise the legal solutions in selected jurisdictions and attempt to demonstrate the relationship between the application of emergency measures and the specific political system of states. By doing so, the authors consider such factors as the territory, population, or type of political regime.

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