The Story of Researching Chinese International Doctoral Students’ Identity

  • Lily Lei YeEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies on Chinese Education in a Global Perspective book series (CEGP)


This chapter introduces the participants and reflects upon the research methodology. The fieldwork was conducted in the UK and involved 11 Chinese international doctoral students. The main purpose of the fieldwork is to investigate relevant research themes to study, from the students’ perspective, under the broad research agenda of exploring the identity formation of Chinese doctoral students studying abroad. The methodology of the study is broadly constructionist and interpretive. A narrative methodology was used to analyse and present qualitative primary data gathered from narratives through focus groups and semi-structured interviews on the participants’ perceptions, experiences and themselves in relation to culture, language and identity. Both narrative and thematic analyses were adopted to interpret the raw data.


Chinese Doctoral Students Narrative Methodology Broader Research Agenda Narrative inquiryNarrative Inquiry Identity formationIdentity Formation 
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  1. 1.Beijing Institute of Fashion TechnologyBeijingChina

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