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Project Leader for the case study "Women's Alternative and Informal Learning Pathways to jobs in Information Technology"


Dr. Shauna Butterwick has her masters and doctoral degrees in Adult Education. She is a faculty member in the Department of Educational Studies at UBC where she teaches in and works with graduate students in the Adult Education program, the Doctoral Program in Leadership and Policy, and the new departmental concentration in Feminist Approaches to Social Justice in Education. She brings a feminist socialist/anti-oppression and social justice orientation to her teaching, research and service. Central to her research activities has been the examination of policy and practices that shape women’s learning, particularly the lived experiences of women on the margins of dominant cultures and economies. Her research has examined government funded training programs for 're-entry' women, life skills training, welfare to work policy, women on low income and their learning experiences and needs, and feminist coalitions as sites of learning. She is also interested in community-based and popular education and theatre processes (and other arts-based inquiries) as approaches to teaching, learning and research. Working in partnership with ACTEW (a women’s advocacy organization in Toronto), her current research explores women's alternate and informal learning pathways to acquiring IT (Information Technology) skills and knowledge. She is also researching the history of adult education organizations within BC.

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