“I wouldn’t imagine having to go through all this and still be the same person. No way”: structure, reflexivity and international students

Blair Matthews*

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Abstract

International students at universities away from their home context experience a significant change to the way they engage with the world, as they think, reflect and act in response to the new context. Drawing on Archer’s concept of reflexivity (2003; 2007; 2012), this paper demonstrates that international students are compelled into reflexive deliberation, which precipitates a change in agency. This paper provides empirical evidence of specific generative mechanisms of the international student experience, which contribute to the conditioning of agency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-278
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Research in International Education
Volume16
Issue number3
Early online date11 Dec 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

Keywords

  • agency
  • international students
  • reflexivity
  • social networks
  • Structure

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