Critical adult learning of asian immigrant workers: A social network perspective

Moosung Lee, Na'im Madyun

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An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 2006 Adult Education Research Conference, May 20, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to This study reveals how the social networks of immigrant workers play a key role in mediating critical learning towards a particular political attitude. Theoretical relationships between critical learning and political attitudes were set up and four types of political attitudes were identified. A "resistant political attitude" was conceptually linked to critical learning, and this link was investigated by using social network analysis. Finally, based on the social network analysis, we argue that both the network size and network position of immigrant workers who represented a resistant political attitude tended to shape critical adult learning when they were associated with the collective reinterpretation of the immigrant workers' social lives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-126
Number of pages14
JournalAsia Pacific Education Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes


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