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Xiaojing Chen

Xiaojing (Chelsey) Chen

PhD Candidate

Research interests

  • Education

Biography

Chelsey completed her Master’s degree in Education, Policy & Society at King’s College London.

Before coming to London, she worked in the Chinese education industry associated with international education for nine years.

Research interests

  • Education policy.
  • Social justice.
  • Educational inequality.
  • Social mobility.
  • Academic mobility.
  • International education.

Research Project Title: The Transitions of Chinese Students as they progress through Post-Graduate Taught (PGT) degrees in UK Higher Education

Abstract: This project explores the transitions of students from China on a one-year postgraduate taught (PGT) programme in a UK university. The majority of higher education transition studies explore experiences of undergraduate or doctoral routes and thus PGT students are often the ‘forgotten ones’ (Peterson & Macleod, 2014). Where they do occur, transition studies often focus on induction rather than charting experiences over time.

A series of interviews with approximately 20 PGT Chinese students will be undertaken (4 times with each student). A small set of university staff who support international students will also be interviewed. Textual analysis of any policy and practice documentation about PGT student support produced by the university will also be undertaken.

This study will draw on transition and Bourdieusian theory. Transitioning is a process that continues over the length of the programme and not a one-off experience. Bourdieusian theory (capital, field, and habitus) will be deployed to ensure that diversity and complexity within this group of students is fully explored in terms of how it relates to their resources for action and their capacity to manage in higher education.

The significance of this research lies in its value to academics, PGT tutors, university leaders and those charged with student support. International students from the PRC (and elsewhere) are a high net contributor to higher education and the wider economy in the UK. Any research that contributes towards policy and practice in this arena is therefore to be welcomed. Overall, it is hoped that this research will enhance PGT Chinese students’ academic transitions and progression by listening to what they say.

Principal supervisor: Professor Meg Maguire.

Secondary supervisor: Dr Emma Towers and Dr Mili Mili.

 

Research

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Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR)

The Centre for Public Policy Research is an interdisciplinary research centre research developing critical analyses of social change and social in/justice in education and other policy arenas, sectors and contexts to inform national and international policy debate, social activism, and personal, professional and organisational learning.

Research

women at wokr
Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR)

The Centre for Public Policy Research is an interdisciplinary research centre research developing critical analyses of social change and social in/justice in education and other policy arenas, sectors and contexts to inform national and international policy debate, social activism, and personal, professional and organisational learning.