EDUCATION OF PORTUGUESE EMIGRANTS AND THEIR ACCULTURATION
The research approached how Portuguese emigrants learned on a social networking service; Facebook. It employed the mixed method, and it highlighted the observation technique. The theoretical rationale was grounded in the Rudmin Model and in the work of Castro. The internet connection and the information technologies changed the intercultural relationships, the ways to learn, and mainly the lifelong education. The social networking service encompassed agency, interaction, and interactivity among users. It boosted intercultural relationships and immigrant cultural maintenance, and the expected assimilation was nearly fulfilled. The internet connection also enabled shared educational practices and responsibilities between the receiving and sending countries. The right to learn should be extended to immigrant cultural maintenance; it should be addressed to children and also to adults in lifelong education. Intercultural training should be addressed to adults and it must approach legal questions. Furthermore, international legislation should address the receiving country cultural changes. Psychology approaches how acculturation (learning) occurred, and it can collaborate with legislators, considering the immigrant and the human rights.
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