Realigning capital portfolios : international students' educational experiences in higher education

Lin, Isadora Jung-Hsiu (2014) Realigning capital portfolios : international students' educational experiences in higher education. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 34(3), pp. 366-380.

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This paper reports on first year experiences of international students who use English as an additional language (EAL) in higher education in Australia. It examines how valued resources can foster a positive educational experience of these students from sociological perspectives. It draws data from an interview study, exploring narrative accounts of 17 EAL international students from nine countries about their educational relations and strategies across their first year of study. Their narratives were analysed through Bourdieu's concepts of field, habitus, capital and legitimation, as well as tools of narrative inquiry. The paper finds that the students took up strategies to realign their capital portfolios with new rules of the game. Their decisions were dependent on their personal trajectories and conditions on offer. This paper suggests that more effort needs to be made to understand international students' differentiated access to valued resources in higher education.

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ID Code: 65985
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: international students, higher education , Bourdieu, narrative , HERN
DOI: 10.1080/02188791.2013.860009
ISSN: 1742-6855
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Deposited On: 09 Jan 2014 23:15
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2014 03:43

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