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ERIC Number: EJ772729
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0142-5692
Empowering or Disempowering the International Ph.D. Student? Constructions of the Dependent and Independent Learner
Goode, Jackie
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v28 n5 p589-603 Sep 2007
There is in higher education a powerful discourse of "independent learning". While there may be pedagogical rationales to support the desirability of increased independence at the tertiary stage, it may also serve other institutional agendas, such as functioning as a way for academic staff to "manage" the frustrations experienced as teachers as a result of pressures to prioritise research. However, the individualisation of learning constituted by this discourse under-emphasises the collaborative nature of learning. Academic success and failure are neither the property of the individual students nor of the instruction they receive, but lie rather in the relationships between students and the practices in which they and their teachers engage during the course of their ongoing interactions. The learning experiences of international doctoral students are used here to illustrate ways in which discourses of dependence and independence can operate to disempower students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China; Egypt; Greece; Guyana; India; Japan; Jordan; Malaysia; Mexico; Poland; Spain; Taiwan; Thailand; Trinidad and Tobago