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ERIC Number: EJ1019746
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1595
Sailing against the Wind: Voices of Kenyan Adult Women in U.S. Postsecondary Education and Sociocultural Contexts
Gatua, Mary Wairimu
Adult Learning, v25 n2 p39-46 May 2014
The purpose of this study was to explore the educational and sociocultural experiences of Kenyan women pursing higher education in the United States and how they negotiated their multiple identities. Using a sociocultural theoretical framework and narrative inquiry methodology, seven Kenyan immigrant women pursuing or who recently pursued advanced education at one land-grant public university in the United States were studied. Five significant and interrelated themes emerged including (a) negotiating two cultural contexts, (b) significance of strong support system; (c) impact of family educational backgrounds, (d) reentry to education in adulthood, and (e) dealing with linguistic issues. Implications for higher education, adult education, and diverse adult learners are provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kenya
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A