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2004

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Adult education

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Central American Immigrant Women's Perceptions Of Adult Learning: A Qualitative Inquiry , Ana Guisela Chupina Jan 2004

Central American Immigrant Women's Perceptions Of Adult Learning: A Qualitative Inquiry , Ana Guisela Chupina

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this inquiry was to explore how Central American immigrant women experienced and gave meaning to the phenomenon of adult learning in the Midwestern United States. Data collection followed Seidman's (1998) model for in-depth phenomenological interviewing, which combined interviews informed by the methodologies of life story and phenomenology. Three in-depth interviews were conducted with five Central American immigrant women living in a Midwestern metropolitan area. These interviews were tape-recorded and transcribed verbatim. The transcripts were crafted into first-person narratives that captured the participants' life stories of learning. The transcripts were also inductively analyzed through a process that ...