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Exploring doctoral students’ use of digital technologies: what do they use them for and why?

Gouseti, Anastasia



© 2017 Educational Review. Digital technologies now form an integral feature of the university student experience and there is a range of studies that explore digital technology use within a higher education context. However, very few of these studies focus on how doctoral students engage with digital technologies. This article aims to throw light on the digital practices of doctoral students and advance understandings of the changing nature of digital scholarship for them. Drawing on qualitative, in-depth interviews with 12 PhD students in a UK higher education institution, the article identifies seven distinct types of engagement with digital technologies and discusses the range of issues that underpin doctoral, digital scholarship practices. Furthermore, it argues that although the stereotypical portrayal of the PhD as a “lonely journey” is seen to be in decline, doctoral students at large exist and work “in a vacuum” rather than within interactive doctoral communities.


Gouseti, A. (2017). Exploring doctoral students’ use of digital technologies: what do they use them for and why?. Educational review, 69(5), 638-654.

Acceptance Date Jan 31, 2017
Online Publication Date Feb 28, 2017
Publication Date Oct 20, 2017
Deposit Date Feb 15, 2017
Publicly Available Date Aug 29, 2018
Journal Educational review
Print ISSN 0013-1911
Electronic ISSN 1465-3397
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 69
Issue 5
Pages 638-654
Keywords Doctoral students; Digital technologies; Digital scholarship; Online communities
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Additional Information This is the accepted manuscript of an article published in Educational review, 2017. The version of record is available at the DOI link in this record.


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