Waikato Journal of Education


doctoral socialisation
doctoral challenges
social interactions

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Khalil, A. (2022). Challenges in doctoral socialisation: A researcher’s reflective experience. Waikato Journal of Education, 27(2), 97–101. https://doi.org/10.15663/wje.v27i2.927


Socialisation in doctoral education is a multifaceted process through which students acquire the knowledge, skills and values required to perform in a scholarly community. The literature reports numerous experiences of doctoral students, but socialisation and the challenges faced by international students has received limited attention. As an international student, I have used a self-study approach to develop a personal narrative about some of the unexpected intellectual, emotional and cultural challenges I have faced during my doctoral study. I encountered those challenges through extending my social interactions, which is one of the key elements of socialisation. I argue that doctoral students need to take a reflective and proactive stance towards extending their social interactions to manage unexpected challenges and for a smooth transition to become active members in a scholarly community.


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