Growth from cross-disciplinary research: a learning journey from doctoral student to university scholar

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The doctoral journey is exciting, challenging, and a unique experience for doctoral students. This chapter reflects on my doctoral journey, a few years after completion, and aims to provide some helpful hints for current and future doctoral students to navigate the amazing educational road ahead. This chapter reports my experiences along transnational borders, cross cultures, and academic disciplines. It outlines my life in three parts: myself, my doctoral study, and my academic career at Monash University. I highlight my struggles as an international student when I came to Australia as a host country to focus my research on educational reform issues in my home country utilizing western concepts and theories to interpret these issues. I introduced the critical concepts of Asia as Method and Mohe to overcome these difficulties. The chapter concludes by pointing out that my exciting research projects and excellent research collaborations would not be commenced without completing the doctoral journey.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Doctoral Journey: International Educationalist Perspectives
EditorsBrent Bradford
Place of PublicationLeiden Netherlands
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9789004444287
ISBN (Print)9789004443815, 9789004396371
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • academia
  • academic aspiration
  • Asia as method
  • cross-disciplinary
  • doctoral journey
  • doctorate
  • education
  • higher education
  • Mohe

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