Acta Scientific Microbiology (ISSN: 2581-3226)

Research Article Volume 6 Issue 6

Science/Education Portraits VIII: Duoethnography of First-Generation Bioscience Undergraduates in a Private Education Institute in Singapore

Andreas W Shin1,2, Laren ZW Yan1,2, Kolistar SH Poh1,2 and Maurice HT Ling1,2,3*

1School of Life Sciences, Management Development Institute of Singapore, Singapore

2School of Applied Sciences, Northumbria University, United Kingdom

3HOHY PTE LTD, Singapore

*Corresponding Author: Maurice HT Ling, School of Life Sciences, Management Development Institute of Singapore, Singapore.

Received: April 21, 2023; Published: May 05, 2023


It has been well-recognized that first-generation undergraduate faces unique challenges. This is made worse by being a first-generation undergraduate in a private education institution (PEI), commonly characterized by lesser resources as compared to public education institution, during COVID-19 associated social restrictions. Currently, there is no study to on first-generation university undergraduates pursuing their undergraduate education via a PEI in Singapore during this COVID-19 pandemic. In this article, we document the journey, challenges, and triumphs of three first-generation bioscience undergraduates in Singapore pursuing their bachelor’s degree in a PEI during the pandemic using duo ethnographical approach. Our analysis suggests that challenges faced by first-generation undergraduate in a PEI in Singapore during COVID-19 associated restrictions can be seen as sum of challenges faced by first-generation undergraduate and challenges faced by in the education sector during COVID-19 associated restrictions; but the resourcefulness, resilience, and adaptability of first-generation undergraduate are also evident.

 Keywords: COVID-19; Private Education Institution (PEI)


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Citation: Maurice HT Ling., et al. “Science/Education Portraits VIII: Duoethnography of First-Generation Bioscience Undergraduates in a Private Education Institute in Singapore". Acta Scientific Microbiology 6.6 (2023): 24-35.


Copyright: © 2023 Maurice HT Ling., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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