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ERIC Number: ED408123
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 33
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Transnational or Immigrant Learners: Re-drawing the Boundaries of Socio-cultural Context in Understanding Adult Learning.
Monkman, Karen
This paper examines the intersection where migration and adult learning converge, exploring how a transnational social context of living relates to adults' formal and informal learning experiences. In-depth life-history interviews were conducted with 29 adults participating in two social networks that link the central coast region of California with several areas in Mexico and an urban area in Honduras. Interviewees ranged in age from early 20s to early 80s and included immigrants to California, adult children of immigrants, and individuals in Mexico whose lives have been touched deeply by the migration of close family members and numerous community members. Interview excerpts form the basis of discussion about adult learning experiences in Mexico, decisions and preparations to migrate, the role of social networks and informal learning in the actual move north, formal education (language and citizenship classes) and informal socially based learning in California, and the formation of identities and lives with multiple dimensions and roots in two countries. The findings suggest that linear models of immigration and acculturation must be replaced with more complex analyses of transnational social relations and their role in adults' lives and learning processes. Contains 36 references. (Author/SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; Mexico