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International graduate students’ engagement: Stories of doctoral students on an American campus

Mukminin, A., & McMahon, B. J. (2013). The Qualitative Report, 18 (69), 1-19. Seeking writing help

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  1. Type of Study:                 Check the one that applies
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  4. Experimental             ______
  5. Causal/Comparative  _____
  6. Historical                   ______
  7. Qualitative                 ______ Qualitative
  8. Other                         ______            Please specify:___________________

 

 

Use the scale listed below to evaluate each statement as you perceive it related to the research study you are reviewing.

 

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The research design used by Mukminin and McMahon is qualitative in the phenomenological approach where they have carried out semi-structured interviews and background surveys. The qualitative research procedure seeks to understand what the phenomenon essentially is as a lived human meaning and more significantly, how the studed people live it within the context of the research. The study sought to explore the experiences of Indonesia students doing their doctoral studies in an American campus, particularly to assess their experiences when learning in a different country, US for that matter, with varying structures of education and culture. The main elements of Mukminin and McMahon’s phenomenological study were anchored on seeking to understand the manner in which individuals and in this case Indonesian students studying in the US campuses, experience a phenomenon. Further, the phenomenological approach sought to explore extensively the accounts of experiences as well as their meanings from the studied cohort’s own words, reflections, descriptions, and perspectives regarding their phenomenon.


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  1.  Major Strengths
  1. Originality of study

Currently, the number of people moving to seek for higher education in various parts of the world has risen significantly, especially in the United States. When a student relocates to a different country for study, one obviously undergoes numerous experiences, which may affect one’s study or life. Knowing how to assimilate and adopt into a new culture is a task that many take lightly and this study is fundamental in unearthing such experiences in order to create awareness and possibly addressing them. The issue of study is fundamental and affects people in society.

  1. Methods

The phenomenological method used is fundamental in providing real experiences of students as they occur and this probably provides more knowledge for the study.

  1. Facts

The study successfully managed to find facts of the situation by using data collecting methods that utilized surveys, interviews, and voice recordings of the responses.

  1. The study has also discussed the findings extensively

 

  1.  Major Weaknesses

 

  1. Limitations

The study has not provided methodology limitations

  1. Analysis

The methods for analysis are frail and have not utilized tables, charts, or regression methods to provide comprehensive examination.

    14.  Any other comments that need to be addressed?

The use of a qualitative method of study was essential because it is an excellent way for studying contexts one is personally curious about and as such, it offers insight into cultural activities that might otherwise be missed in structured surveys or experiments. It can uncover main issues that can later be studied using more structured methods. From the study, one can note that indeed field research may lead to trusting relationships that encourage a level of disclosure incomparable in self-reports or picture examinations of a scene. Such work has the potential to provide insight about stereotyped, marginalized, or unknown populations, and an opportunity to tell a story that few know about.




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