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Tibetan women and higher educational experience: An exploratory study


2007 2007

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The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of Tibetan women at various higher educational institutions in the Western Massachusetts area after the US Congress passed the 1990 Immigration Act (Comprehensive Immigration Action of 1990, Sec 134) that granted 1,000 visas to displaced Tibetans from exiled communities in India and Nepal to the United States. The research study was guided by the following five main questions: (1) What does it mean for Tibetan women to pursue higher education in the United States? (2) What motivates the Tibetan women to study? (3) What professional careers do these Tibetan women aspire to in the United States? (4) To what extent are these women intending to serve Tibetan communities? If so, how? If not, why not? (5) How did the concept of a Tibetan egalitarian society help these women to pursue higher education in the United States?

Case study was the approach used for the study with a research design focusing on qualitative rather than quantitative techniques. Due to the paucity of existing literature and research on the Tibetan population in the United States, this was an exploratory study. This study does not represent educational experiences of all Tibetan women in higher education. Twelve Tibetan women participants were interviewed using in-depth interviews as a data collection method for this study. Five common themes emerged out of this study; the meaning of higher education, educational motivation, communal responsibility, career aspirations, and gender differences in Tibetan society.

Results from this study suggested that Tibetan women’s experiences in higher educational institutions are different from other minority women partly due to their stateless status and their devotion to work towards the preservation of unique Tibetan culture and language in exile. In addition, the multiple uprooted experiences clearly posed unique challenges as well. It was apparent from the study that Tibetans while adapting to the host culture, remained loyal to the cause of the Tibetan self determination and nation state.

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Subject
Womens studies;
Minority & ethnic groups;
Sociology;
Curricula;
Teaching
Classification
0453: Womens studies
0631: Minority & ethnic groups
0631: Sociology
0727: Curricula
0727: Teaching
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences, Education, Educational experiences, Higher education, Immigrants, Tibetan, Women
Title
Tibetan women and higher educational experience: An exploratory study
Author
Chodon, Yeshi
Number of pages
140
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 68/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549175728
Advisor
Griffin, Linda
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department
Education
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3275812
ProQuest document ID
304846950
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304846950
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