ERIC Number: ED493212
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Cross Cultural Perspectives in Educational Research. Conducting Educational Research
Open University Press
The research student population of higher educational institutions continues to expand to include people from an ever-widening range of cultural and educational backgrounds. However, many research methods courses are still directed at the traditional student population. This book examines aspects of postgraduate research from a cross-cultural perspective, analysing the dilemmas faced by international students when defining a research question, choosing research methods, collecting data, deciding which language to use and writing their theses. Through an exploration of how international students re-examine their beliefs and research practices during their study in the UK, this book challenges the assumptions of all those engaged in educational research, addressing key questions such as: (1) How do teaching and learning experiences shape approaches to educational research? (2) How is "good" educational research judged? and (3) What does it mean to be critical? The book uses the real-life experiences of international students to illuminate the kinds of challenges they may face. It supports both students and their supervisors, showing students how to approach cultural differences, and supervisors how to deal sensitively with the problems encountered by overseas students in their research. This book contains the following seven chapters: (1) Introducing a Cross-Cultural Perspective on the PhD Research Process; (2) Defining the Research Question; (3) Choosing a Research Approach; (4) Research Ethics; (5) Which Language?; (6) Writing the Thesis; and (7) Reflections on the Doctoral Research Process: Exploring the Pedagogical Implications of This Book.
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Methods Courses, Educational Research, Research Methodology, Foreign Countries, Student Diversity, Cultural Pluralism, Foreign Students, Student Experience, Doctoral Dissertations, Research Problems, Evaluation Research
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