Finding Evidence to Support Themes
VIDEO: Section 2 Evidence Worksheet, Topic Sentences, and Thesis Statement (12:18):
Adkisson, Kriner, and
Novice learners are not only developing a greater competence
in a professional skill. As they become experienced members
of a community, their identity changes as they experience
integration and empowerment.
Identity formation plays a large part in how graduate students,
as adult learners, go from a position of seeing themselves as
students to seeing themselves as scholars.
A student’s identity is positional in the sense that the student is
attempting to negotiate meeting the academic challenges set
before them and developing a sense of agency as certain goals
are accomplished successfully.
Their qualitative study found that participants in a computer
learning course increased their self-efficacy and self-esteem,
and they felt less marginalized than when they started the
Garcia and Yao (2019)
The identity shift experienced by doctoral students is
compounded by the prevalence of online learning in graduate
For many students, learning to become doctoral students
involved changing their ways of thinking and developing their
independent voice as a scholar.
Learning was evident in student experiences through the
traditional means of learning writing and research skills, but
also took shape in student socialization by way of helping them
to understand norms and expectations of what it meant to be a
graduate student and, more broadly, to be in the field of higher