Mrs. Durrotul Mas’udah1
1Medi@n Analytics, , Indonesia
This study argues that maternal involvement in children’s education, as an aspect of motherhood, is culture-bound. Thus, when it is experienced by migrant mothers, it is subject to cross-cultural adaptation. This study aims to explore the cross-cultural adaptation experienced by Indonesian mothers in Turkey, through understanding their involvement in their children’s education. Qualitative method is employed in this study, with in-depth interviews with ten Indonesian migrant mothers who reside in Turkey. The interview questions are generated from Young Yun Kim’s Integrated Theory of Communication and Cross-cultural Adaptation, which explores the micro-factors (interpersonal and social communication) and macro-factors (environment and pre-disposition) that influence cross-cultural adaptation. The in-depth interview is designed to answer the following key questions: 1. What kinds of cultural difficulty have the Indonesian migrant mothers faced in their involvement in children’s education? 2. How did they exercise interpersonal and social communication in their cross-cultural adaptation to maternal involvement in children’s education? 3. How did environment and pre-disposition factors influence their cross-cultural adaptation to maternal involvement in children’s education? The findings reveal that the interplay between the micro- and macro-factors facilitates the mother’s cross-cultural adaptation to maternal involvement in children’s education.
Durrotul Mas’udah is a recent graduate from the Master program in Communication Science at Kocaeli University, Turkey. Her research area ranges from Intercultural Communication, Social Media Communication, and Critical Studies of Communication. Currently, she serves as a research assistant and content writer at an Indonesia-based start-up called Medi@n Analytics.