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Acculturation Through Education: A qualitative study on learning strategies of adult immigrants in Romania
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 40 credits / 60 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of the thesis is to examine how adult immigrants in Romania describe the learning strategies that have helped them integrate in the new culture. To be able to draw conclusions about migrants' learning strategies and what has made them work, I have looked at the experience of five immigrants who speak Romanian and who have successfully integrated in the Romanian culture. The study employs a qualitative methodology, information has been collected through semi-structured interviews and analyzed using thematic analysis and a framework approach to data analysis. The key findings of the thesis are that integration through education, specifically through language learning, takes place more effectively if migrants are driven by intrinsic goals or if they internalize the extrinsic rewards that they expect upon completion of their goals. These findings can be put into practice to form better strategies and actions steps in organizational programs that aim at integrating migrants. They can also be brought to the knowledge of migrants looking to successfully integrate, to make them aware of how their choices and goals, even those apparently unrelated, can impact the outcome of their integration efforts.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 70 p.
Keyword [en]
migration, Romania, learning strategies, acculturation, language learning, self- determination theory, intrinsic motivation, internalization, goals
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-131139ISRN: LIU-IBL/IMPALGC-A-16/006-SEOAI: diva2:968543
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Intercontinental Master´s Programme in Adult Learning and Global Change
Available from: 2016-09-12 Created: 2016-09-12 Last updated: 2016-09-12Bibliographically approved

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