Beyond the amusement, puzzlement and challenges: an enquiry into international students’ academic acculturation

Elliot, D. L. , Reid, K. and Baumfield, V. (2016) Beyond the amusement, puzzlement and challenges: an enquiry into international students’ academic acculturation. Studies in Higher Education, 41(12), pp. 2198-2217. (doi:10.1080/03075079.2015.1029903)

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Abstract

This paper investigates the phenomenological experiences of academic acculturation of selected non-British post-doctoral academics with a retrospective focus on their experiences as PhD students. The participants came from different disciplines and countries of origin to pursue several years of postgraduate research in different British higher education institutions. The typical, yet distinct, experiences of an exceptional group of early career academics offer invaluable insight into the joys, excitement, puzzlement and challenges that international students often encounter as they embark on studying and living in a foreign country such as the UK. Using Urie Bronfenbrenner's bio-ecological theory of human development, our paper presents a theoretical perspective that can help elucidate and offer a greater understanding of what appear to be complex incidences in international students’ experiences. These incidences can, arguably, be crucial to the success or failure of students’ sojourns.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor and Francis in Studies in Higher Education on 2015, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03075079.2015.1029903
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Reid, Dr Kate and Baumfield, Professor Vivienne and Elliot, Dr Dely
Authors: Elliot, D. L., Reid, K., and Baumfield, V.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Creativity Culture and Faith
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Pedagogy Policy and Practice
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
Journal Name:Studies in Higher Education
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:0307-5079
ISSN (Online):1470-174X
Published Online:07 April 2015
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Society for Research into Higher Education
First Published:First published in Studies in Higher Education 41(12):2198-2217
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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