Experiences of international PhD Students in Denmark as quest stories

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This article explores how the metaphor of quest can be used to conceptualise PhD experience and be employed in PhD supervision practice. As part of a small-scale study of the PhD experience of international students in Denmark, whose numbers have significantly increased lately, we conducted narrative interviews with 9 doctoral students. They were asked to select and describe up to 5 photographs that represent what they will remember their PhDs by. These narratives were first analysed inductively and then deductively organised using the quest metaphor. The findings indicate that the quest metaphor can capture the complexity of the PhD experience and provide a starting point for discussing it. However, it also presents certain limitations that might be overcome by combining ‘quest’ with other metaphors.
Original languageEnglish
JournalDansk Universitetspaedagogisk Tidsskrift
Pages (from-to)69-81
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018

    Research areas

  • PhD students, International Students, PhD supervision, Metaphor

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