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ERIC Number: EJ1062215
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1470-3297
The Rich Get Richer: International Doctoral Candidates and Scholarly Identity
Cotterall, Sara
Innovations in Education and Teaching International, v52 n4 p360-370 2015
Identity lies at the heart of doctoral study--a mysterious learning process which culminates in Ph.D. students' metamorphosis into doctors. This paper explores the identity-related experiences of six international Ph.D. students enrolled at an Australian university by examining how different individuals, events and interactions contributed to (or disrupted) their sense of themselves as researchers and scholars. Analysis of the participants' learning narratives revealed significant disparities in the agency they exercised and the opportunities and support they received, ultimately suggesting that those individuals endowed with the most cultural capital experienced the most favourable identity trajectories. Accordingly, the paper argues that greater efforts are needed to support non-traditional doctoral candidates in their journey to become confident scholars and researchers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia