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ERIC Number: EJ1119961
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0729-4360
Searching for "A Third Space": A Creative Pathway towards International PhD Students' Academic Acculturation
Elliot, Dely Lazarte; Baumfield, Vivienne; Reid, Kate
Higher Education Research and Development, v35 n6 p1180-1195 2016
Undertaking a PhD is a challenging endeavour. Pursuing a doctoral education in a "foreign" context tends to increase the demands of this intellectual venture. The nature of research-based PhD programmes, often characterised by a lack of formal curricula where academic supervision lasts several years, may add another layer of complexity. Drawing upon an extended version of Urie Bronfenbrenner's bio-ecological theory of human development, this paper attempts to offer a greater understanding of both academic and non-academic concerns confronting international PhD students with a view to highlighting their implications for institutional policy and practice. Underpinned by a visual metaphor approach, our research findings advocate embedding the use of "a third space" as a creative pathway and strategy for maximising students' chances of achieving a successful PhD academic acculturation journey.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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