Exploring the lifeworld of international doctoral students : the place of religion and religious organisations

STEVENSON, Jacqueline (2016). Exploring the lifeworld of international doctoral students : the place of religion and religious organisations. In: GOMES, Catherine and TRAN, Ly, (eds.) International Student Connectedness and Identity in Tertiary Education: Trans-national and trans-disciplinary perspectives. Springer, 61-74.

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There is an absence of research exploring the experiences of religious students on the UK higher education campus, despite the fact that international students, in particular, are under constant monitoring and surveillance. This is a significant omission since, without such insights, policy and practice designed help these students develop a sense of belonging and fitting-in may be based on an inadequate understanding of their experiences. In order to help fill this gap in the literature this chapter reports on research with international PhD students using a phenomenological approach to guide the collection of data. The findings are explored through Merleau-Pony's lifeworld dimensions, as developed by Peter Ashworth, to help answer the question of how 'being student' is 'experienced'. The research illuminates how those experiencing a lack of belongingness may turn away from the HE institution to find a sense of belonging elsewhere, as well as the ways in which religious organisations are of importance to those struggling to fit in. The research has implications for the retention of doctoral, as well as other religious, students in both the UK and globally.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Institute of Education
Page Range: 61-74
Depositing User: Jacqueline Stevenson
Date Deposited: 23 May 2016 10:40
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 05:12
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12237

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