Learning of Research at Doctoral Level: Perceptions of International Doctoral Students at a South-Central Texas Private University

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Authors: Maria P. Cantu & Clifford Gomba,
University of the Incarnate Word, Unites States of America
Email: mpcantu@student.uiwtx.edu
Published: March 08, 2018
https://doi.org/10.22492/ijss.3.1.02

Citation: Cantu, M. P., & Gomba, C. (2018). Learning of Research at Doctoral Level: Perceptions of International Doctoral Students at a South-Central Texas Private University. IAFOR Journal of the Social Sciences, 3(1). https://doi.org/10.22492/ijss.3.1.02


Abstract

The number of international doctoral students in American universities continues to grow, and very little is known about their learning of research. This study explored international doctoral students’ views and perceptions in learning of research at a private faith-based South-Central Texas university in the United States. The literature on the subject is limited and this study aimed at covering the gap that exists in this domain. Through this basic interpretative qualitative study, findings revealed that international doctoral students value taking courses, collaborating with others, working individually, and using available resources at the university in their learning of research. Understanding of international students and the issues they face, may help in their retention, success and understanding of their learning of research. It is recommended that the universities in the United States support international students so that these underrepresented population succeed in their studies.

Keywords

international doctoral students, United States, learning of research, basic interpretative qualitative research design, mentoring, doctoral courses