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Ms Trang Tran


PhD research: Learning to thrive: A longitudinal mixed methods study of intercultural doctoral students (IDSs)

Utilising a longitudinal mixed methods approach, the study explored IDSs’ experience through the lens of developmental ecology, focusing on the developmental process during which they undergo adjustments in their socio-cultural adaptation (SCA) and their psychological wellbeing (PWB). Quantitative data analyses included Linear Mixed Effects Models, Linear Regressions, and Correlations; Qualitative analyses included Hybrid Thematic Analysis and Structural Narrative Analysis. Three theories were used to conceptualise IDSs’ development over time: (1) SCA theory (Searle & Ward, 1990; Ward & Kennedy, 1999), (2) PWB model (Ryff, 1989; Ryff & Keyes, 1995), and (3) Ecological Systems Theory (EST) (Bronfenbrenner, 1979, 1989, 2005).

Research centre:
Centre for Psychological Approaches for Studying Education (PASE)