A conceptual enquiry into communities of practice as praxis in international doctoral education

Cai, L., Dangeni, D., Elliot, D. L. , He, R., Liu, J., Makara, K. A. , Pacheco, E.-M., Shih, H.-Y., Wang, W. and Zhang, J. (2019) A conceptual enquiry into communities of practice as praxis in international doctoral education. Journal of Praxis in Higher Education, 1(1), pp. 11-36.

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Abstract

Undertaking a PhD entails diverse and multi-faceted challenges as doctoral researchers enter a distinct academic culture that requires transition to a new level and threshold of learning – with both knowledge acquisition and production at the core. While doctoral researchers are expected to secure different dimensions of knowledge, which necessitates meaningful ‘dialogue’ with experts, the colossal task is still ironically associated with isolated doctoral experience and somewhat limited postgraduate supervision provision. With the extra concerns typically confronting the international doctoral cohort, the pressure tends be intensified, and may lead to psychological well-being concerns. Nevertheless, there is evidence from the literature that highlights the often unacknowledged forms of learning opportunities and support mechanisms via community participation. By employing communities of practice as the main framework, this conceptual paper exemplifies the crucial role played by these communities – how these communities serve to scaffold doctoral researchers’ academic progress, support their psychological adjustments, and reinforce the crucial, but perhaps limited, formal doctoral support provision. By featuring effective examples of educational praxis via these communities, our paper offers a holistic understanding of formal and informal infrastructures as part of the wider doctoral ecology with a view to achieving a more holistic and meaningful doctoral experience.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Doctoral researchers, psychological well-being, Communities of Practice, education as praxis, international students, whole doctoral ecology.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:HE, RUI and ZHANG, JIE and SHIH, HSIN-YI and Cai, Liexu and Pacheco, Emily-Marie and Dangeni, Miss Dangeni and Elliot, Dr Dely and Makara Fuller, Dr Kara and Liu, Jianshu and WANG, WENTING
Authors: Cai, L., Dangeni, D., Elliot, D. L., He, R., Liu, J., Makara, K. A., Pacheco, E.-M., Shih, H.-Y., Wang, W., and Zhang, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Journal Name:Journal of Praxis in Higher Education
Publisher:JPHE
ISSN:2003-3605
ISSN (Online):2003-3605
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Praxis in Higher Education 1(1):11-36
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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