From ‘somebody’ to ‘nobody’: International doctoral students’ perspectives of home - host connectedness

Dang, Xuan Thu and Tran, Ly Thi 2016, From ‘somebody’ to ‘nobody’: International doctoral students’ perspectives of home - host connectedness. In Tran, Ly Thi and Gomes, Catherine (ed), International student connectedness and identity : transnational perspectives, Springer, Singapore, pp.75-91, doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-2601-0_5.

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Title From ‘somebody’ to ‘nobody’: International doctoral students’ perspectives of home - host connectedness
Author(s) Dang, Xuan ThuORCID iD for Dang, Xuan Thu
Tran, Ly ThiORCID iD for Tran, Ly Thi
Title of book International student connectedness and identity : transnational perspectives
Editor(s) Tran, Ly ThiORCID iD for Tran, Ly Thi
Gomes, Catherine
Publication date 2016
Chapter number 5
Total chapters 16
Start page 75
End page 91
Total pages 17
Publisher Springer
Place of Publication Singapore
Keyword(s) Connectedness
international doctoral students
Vietnamese international students
transnational social fields
positioning theory
study abroad
Vietnam, and Australia
Summary Connectedness is an important but under-researched issue in transnational education. Using part of a project that involves interviews with 30 Vietnamese doctoral students in Australia, this chapter analyses the formation of academic connectedness of international doctoral students through the narratives of two participants. The data was interpreted via the lens of transnational social field theory and positioning theory. We argue that international doctoral students’ connectedness is constructed idiosyncratically, influenced by their positions, identities, and transnational social fields. The results of the study reveal that there is home connection in host and host connection in home. Notably, while studying in the host country, these international doctoral students feel connected but not belonged to the host institutions. They maintain a strong sense of belongingness to home, yet there emerges a sense of disconnectedness with home institutions upon their return.
ISBN 9789811025990
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/978-981-10-2601-0_5
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
Socio Economic Objective 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
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