ERIC Number: ED441489
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Doing Research Overseas without Tears: Adventures of an Innocent Abroad.
This paper shares some of the experiences of the author, a former Ph.D. overseas student from Thailand, during the time she was conducting a research project in Australia. Being abroad for the first time, as well as coming from a culture with different norms, values, languages, beliefs, and ways of life, led to most of her days studying overseas being very challenging. The author hopes that sharing these experiences will be useful for other potential overseas students who are in the same or similar situations to acquaint them with what they may confront so they can lessen or avoid similar problems. Challenges discussed include language barriers, academic problems, cultural problems, financial constraints, and emotional problems. Suggestions are offered for alleviating academic problems (i.e., problems related to conducting the research project), including: thoroughly understanding the research process; making oneself clear and better understanding the research topic; reviewing the literature; writing a mind map; discussing the topic; writing down all ideas; keeping up with what is happening in the profession; catching up with available software packages; and doing other academic projects in between. (MES)
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Foreign Countries, Foreign Students, Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Student Problems
For full text: http://www.ifla.org/IV/ifla65/papers/060-141e.htm.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Thailand