‘The Seat Has Now Switched’

Vietnamese International Doctoral Students’ Supervisory Experiences



Completing a doctorate changes people in different ways. Among factors that shape the experience and success of PhD students, supervisors and supervision practices play the most important role. Although there are some studies on the relationship between supervisors and supervisees, the supervisees' experiences as students and later as supervisors remain unexplored. Using positioning theory, this chapter aims to address the gap by interviewing five Vietnamese university teachers about their perceptions of the supervisory relationship as international doctoral students and then as supervisors. Findings show both the embracement and adaptation of the participants in their supervision practices as a result of shifting academic and cultural differences between the host and home countries. The study would contribute to a better understanding of the role that doctoral experiences play in supervisors’ development. 


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Author Biographies

Linh Pham, VNU University of Languages and International Studies

LINH PHAM is an English Lecturer in the Faculty of English Language Teacher Education at the University of Languages and International Studies . She teaches English skills and research methodology courses at her university in Vietnam. Her research interests are teacher education, research development, and educational psychology. Email: linhptt1989@vnu.edu.vn 

Anh Phan , The University of Auckland, New Zealand

ANH PHAN is a PhD Candidate in Education at The University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her research interests focus on transnationalism, migration, mobility, diaspora, identity, doctoral education, teacher education, and researcher development. Anh is familiar with various qualitative methodologies, such as narrative inquiry, critical autoethnography, collaborative autoethnography, and poetic inquiry.

Email: anh.phan@auckland.ac.nz 



How to Cite

Pham, L., & Phan , A. . (2022). ‘The Seat Has Now Switched’: Vietnamese International Doctoral Students’ Supervisory Experiences. STAR Scholar Books. Retrieved from https://www.ojed.org/index.php/gsm/article/view/4488