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Chandra's Story: An Adult Education Student Journeys from Fear to Gratitude
The Qualitative Report
  • Robin L. Danzak, Sacred Heart University
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This article presents the story of Chandra (her real name), a middle-aged, Guyanese-American woman attending an adult education center in the Northeast United States. Chandra grew up in extreme poverty in Guyana, and was taken out of school at age eight to help meet the family’s basic needs. At age 22, she immigrated to the United States in hopes of better opportunities. Through narrative methods, Chandra’s story is constructed from 34 narrative and expository written texts that she composed for a literacy tutoring program, as well as three in-depth oral interviews. The result is a moving account of Chandra’s childhood in Guyana, immigration and acculturation in the United States, and her determination to continue her education despite the obstacles she has faced.

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Danzak, R. L. (2017). Chandra’s story: An adult education student journeys from fear to gratitude. The Qualitative Report, 22(5), 1227-1236. Retrieved from