The hero’s journey: understanding the experiences and motivations of international secondary students

Sheehan, Helen and Riddle, Stewart ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1653-1300 (2021) The hero’s journey: understanding the experiences and motivations of international secondary students. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. ISSN 0159-6306

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Abstract

This paper examines the utility of Campbell’s narrative construction of ‘the hero’s journey’ as a conceptual apparatus to understand how international students from Confucian heritage cultures navigate their experiences in Western schooling systems like Australia. The hero’s journey framework was used to investigate the commonalities and differences in international students’ beliefs and behaviours, which led to the development of three different students ‘hero’ models: the self-determined hero, the hesitant hero, and the wounded hero. These models were used to represent the students’ beliefs, behaviours and perceptions of support and to describe the experiences and motivations of students in different contexts during their secondary schooling in Australia. The hero’s journey provides a potentially useful framework from which to engage schools, systems, and policymakers in productive dialogue regarding the support and engagement of international students.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online: June 2021. Accepted version embargoed until 1 January 2023 (16 months), in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2021 05:35
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2021 02:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: international students, narrative methodology, hero’s journey, Confucian heritage cultures
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130106 Secondary Education
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy > 390203 Sociology of education
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390401 Comparative and cross-cultural education
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390306 Secondary education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160105 Secondary education
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01596306.2021.1947190
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/42543

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