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Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Department of Learning, Technology and Leadership Education


Edward J. Brantmeier


This qualitative research study sought to explore the working mothers’ work life balance experiences in Kosovo and the United States. Specifically, it aimed to explore within the life, work, and sociocultural contexts of these experiences. There were six working mothers interviewed in total, three from Kosovo and three from the U.S. The findings of this study showed that each of the contexts consisted of two major themes. Self-care and child-care themes emerged as essential to participants’ life context experiences. The nature of the work and workplace support themes emerged as crucial to participants’ work context experiences. And lastly, gender norms and support systems themes emerged as influential to participants’ sociocultural context experiences. This research study has implications for the HRD literature and practices.



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