CEGEP teachers are concerned about the difficulties observed in their students

CEGEP teachers are concerned that so many of their students have difficulty writing down their ideas or drop out of class.

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“There have always been students who didn’t want to do teamwork. But that’s half of my group,” notes François Régimbal, coordinator of the Department of Sociology at Cégep du Vieux Montréal.

Several CEGEP professors interviewed by Le Journal see a clear difference between their current student cohorts and those before the pandemic.

For example, they observe that students have difficulty putting their thoughts down in writing, structuring their ideas, analyzing texts in order to extract theses and arguments.

Mr Régimbal also notes an increase in anxiety. “There are many who don’t want to take oral exams, who say: ‘No way I speak, it’s too stressful,'” he illustrates.

Silvie Lemelin teaches philosophy in Victoriaville. She analyzed the results of one of her groups to better understand what is happening.

The overall average for this group is 58%. “A flowing average, I’ve never had that before [avant] she wonders.

10 out of 29 students failed.

“We are worried”

But in reality, it’s mostly students who either dropped out after the deadline or didn’t turn in homework, she says. “It used to happen occasionally, but not in such large numbers. »

“I continued to have strong students with good achievements and 90% and more. It’s the students who leave or have motivational issues that change the whole picture,” notes Ms. Lemelin.

“We are told that there is a form of loss of the ‘student profession,'” which is the ability to discipline oneself to have a good working method, summarizes Yves de Repentigny, vice-president of the National Association of Teachers in Québec.

“In the short and medium term, we are concerned,” says Mélanie Beauchamp, professor of philosophy at the Cégep regional de Lanaudière. “We are concerned about young people’s mental health, their overall health. »

“bubble” away

“Returning to face-to-face classes is definitely a good idea. On the other hand, I wonder if we have prepared them enough,” she wonders. ” [Pendant près de deux ans], they were told that the safest environment is at home. »

François Régimbal reminds us that “studying at CEGEP is not just about going to class. It is also a living environment that affects the well-being of students […] Everything worked out. »

But while face-to-face is back and the masks are off, his campus hasn’t quite regained the “bubbling” and “humming” it used to have, with all the hallway conversations and mutual help it made possible. .

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