Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)
Counseling, Adult and Higher Education
Bulgarian Americans--United States--Attitudes||Bulgarian Americans--United States--Language||Bulgarian Americans--Education--United States||Second language acquisition
The purpose of this study was to explore Bulgarian immigrants' narratives with respect to their perceptions of immigrant work challenges; learning at work; work or occupational preferences; immigrant careers, including job transitions and professional development; strategies with respect to work; support at work; satisfaction gained from work; and life in the U.S. By examining these areas, this study can improve the learning experiences of immigrants and enhance educators' and professionals' understanding of immigrants as learners. The general research design of this study was qualitative. I used narrative as a method for collecting the Bulgarian immigrants' personal experience stories. I identified four themes and multiple sub-themes that organically rose from the participants' responses to the semi-structured interview questions. The four major themes--English language, education, work, and life in America--emerged as a result of interviewing the 21 Bulgarian immigrants in this study. This study found that upon coming to the United States, the Bulgarian immigrants experienced a different language and culture in their host country. In addition, the initial lack of recognition of their credentials forced many of them to take low-skilled jobs. However, they successfully adapted over time by improving their host language skills, continuing their education, and learning and fulfilling requirements in the local labor market so they could eventually obtain the more high-skilled jobs they desired. These Bulgarian immigrants took different career paths toward achieving their goals and aspirations. However, being highly motivated, hard-working, and persistent individuals, they not only persevered and survived, but they also said they felt successful doing their jobs in their new environment.
Angelova, Iva Ventzislavova, "The lived experiences of Bulgarian immigrants in the Chicagoland area : their perceptions of work" (2016). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 5984.
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