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A narrative inquiry into the identity formation of Chinese doctoral students in relation to study abroad

Ye, L. and Edwards, V. (2017) A narrative inquiry into the identity formation of Chinese doctoral students in relation to study abroad. Race, Ethnicity and Education, 20 (6). pp. 865-876. ISSN 1470-109X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/13613324.2017.1294570

Abstract/Summary

The present study explores a topic which has been under-studied to date, namely the identity formation of Chinese PhD students in relation to study abroad. Underpinned by Giddens' (1991) "reflexive project of the self", which privileges agency and reflexivity, and using a narrative inquiry approach, it presents four students' 'stories' collected through semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions in the form of a trajectory of development fro past to future. In building a picture of theways in which students' self-identity is shaped by and shapes their experience of study abroad, the stories illustrate individual agency, motivation, self-determination and reflexivity. In doing so, they challenge the essentialised view of Chinese students as a homogeneous and sometimes problematic group and point to implications for action by the host institutions.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Institute of Education > Language and Literacy in Education
ID Code:69111
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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