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Researching international students: methodological challenges of rebel data

Ecochard, Sidonie; Fotheringham, Julia


Sidonie Ecochard

Julia Fotheringham


This paper presents findings from a small scale study into the attitudes and preferences of international students for support provision at a Scottish Higher Education institution. The article outlines some of the challenges arising from analysing qualitative data from surveys and interviews with international students, and calls into question the use of thematic analysis which reduces and finds patterns in the data, but which fails to capture the singularities of the international student voice. It argues for the reconsideration of the epistemological underpinnings of the international student experience and the methodological tools with which it is explored.


Ecochard, S., & Fotheringham, J. (2018). Researching international students: methodological challenges of rebel data. International Student Experience Journal, 6(1), 1-7

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 10, 2018
Publication Date Jul 31, 2018
Deposit Date Jun 12, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jun 12, 2018
Journal International Student Experience Journal
Print ISSN 2397-3072
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 1
Pages 1-7
Keywords Student support, analysing data, qualitative data, thematic analysis
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