The role of learning in empowering migrant women to make decisions and provide diverse opportunities for themselves is crucial. By acting as learners, marriage migrant women can gain a sense of agency, which allows them to navigate their social and cultural environments and protect themselves from unequal relationships. Marriage migrant women from Vietnam, China, and the Philippines are flowing into South Korea, and the inflow is steadily increasing. Migrant women try to form various life narratives beyond reproducing patriarchal myths in Korean society. Small-scale solidarity, such as self-help groups, realizes diverse learning in the life world and enables Korean culture to act as a subject rather than an object of learning. Therefore, this study defines marriage migrant women as 'learners' and explores the learner agency in the experience of participating in self-help groups. The concept of learner agency, which encompasses various temporal, social, and relational contexts, provides a framework to explore the hindrances to learning and ways to promote it. For this purpose, three marriage migrant women who had participated in self-help groups for over three years were selected as study participants, and an in-depth interview was conducted. Data analysis aims to reveal the complex characteristics of the learner agency, focusing on the narrative's temporality, sociality, and place. The findings are expected to provide insights into the unique challenges faced by marriage migrant women in the context of migration and gender, distinct from those encountered by other learners.
Sooan Choi, Inha University, South Korea
Youngsoon Kim, Inha University, South Korea