Understanding Chinese Engineering Doctoral Students in U.S. Institutions

A personal epistemology perspective

  • Jiabin Zhu

Part of the East-West Crosscurrents in Higher Education book series (EWCHE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Epistemological Developmental Theories and Their Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Jiabin Zhu
      Pages 35-40
  3. A Research Design for Measuring Epistemological Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Jiabin Zhu
      Pages 61-63
  4. A Quantitative Exploration of Chinese Engineering Doctoral Students’ Epistemological Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
  5. A Qualitative Exploration of Chinese Engineering Doctoral Students’ Epistemological Thinking Styles

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 165-190

About this book


This book uses a mixed-method approach to address the topic of personal epistemology among Chinese engineering doctoral students from U.S. institutions.  It presents a broad view of the epistemological development among Chinese engineering students from five U.S. Midwestern doctoral programs. At the same time it provides deep insights into the thinking styles and behavioral patterns for each particular epistemological developmental stage and offers practical examples from students’ academic experiences in these programs.

It allows readers to gain an understanding of Chinese engineering students’ academic lives in U.S. institutions through a solid cognitive theoretical lens. It also highlights a number of factors that can potentially facilitate adult students’ cognitive development, and extends the discussion on the benefits of study-abroad and cross-cultural education for the epistemological domain.


Personal Epistemology Epistemological Development Epistemological Thinking Engineering Doctoral Education Cross-cultural Learning Epistemic Belief Study Abroad Chinese Doctoral Students Chinese Engineering Students

Authors and affiliations

  • Jiabin Zhu
    • 1
  1. 1.of Educ, Chen Rui-Qiu Bldg, Room 227Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ, Grad SchlShanghaiChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore and Higher Education Press 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-1135-1
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-1136-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2364-6810
  • Series Online ISSN 2364-6829
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