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"Knowledge Gap? What Knowledge Gap?"
(Interview with David Livingstone, Principal Investigator for WALL)

...& other press releases:

From the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT):

Following approval of our research grant(December, 2002)...
"A First for OISE/UT and SSHRC: Researchers receive largest grants in Council History"

From the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC):

"New Economy changing the way Canadians learn and work: SSHRC invests $10 million to study education and learning in the new economy" (December, 2002)

Backgrounder: The Social Sciences and Humanities New Initiative on the New Economy (February, 2003)

Dean's Office (OISE) Posting
"Record $6 million announced"
(December 10, 2002)






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Doing Disability at the Bank: Discovering the Work of Learning/Teaching Done by Disabled Bank Employees
Ryerson RBC Foundation Institute for Disability Studies
Public Report, October 2007

by Kathryn Church, Catherine Frazee, Melanie Panitch, Teresa Luciani, and Victoria Bowman

[This study] is one of twelve case studies associated with the research network called The Changing Nature of Work and Lifelong Learning in the New Economy (WALL). Our study was the only one in the financial sector, and the only one focusing solely on the experience of employees with disabilities. Its purpose was to identify and describe the informal learning strategies that disabled employees use in order to be successful in corporate jobs. What do they have to learn in order to be successful in the complex and competitive world of a Canadian bank?

To read the full report, click here.

To listen to the report, click here.(mp3 file)


It Takes Ingenuity and Persistence to Succeed, Disabled Workers Say
But people are selective about how much they tell their bosses, new survey by Ryerson and the Royal Bank reveals

by Virginia Galt, Globe and Mail
October 4, 2007

A new report on the realities of working life for disabled employees talks about how hard they must work to succeed, how their conditions often attract “the stare” from co-workers and how managers sometimes put bottom-line considerations ahead of accommodation. (read more)


Beyond PD Days: Teachers' Work and Learning in Canada
by Rosemary Clark, Fab Antonelli, Donna Lacavera, David Livingstone, Katina Pollock, Harry Smaller, Jim Strachan, and Paul Tarc

This book (and accompanying DVD, "No Two Alike") encapsulates key findings from a decade of research into teacher work and formal and informal learning in Canada. Sponsored by the NALL (New Approaches to Lifelong Learning) and WALL (Work and Lifelong Learning) research networks, this book explores issues in teacher professional development, and provides practical suggestions for planners of professional learning opportunities for experienced teachers, beginning teachers, occasional teachers and internationally-educated teachers. Using this book for both supporting evidence and job-embedded strategies, PD planners can now go Beyond PD Days.

  • To order, contact:
    Ontario Teachers' Federation (416) 966-3424 or 1-800-268-7061
    Centre for the Study of Education & Work (416) 978-0515


Public Historically Cool to Faith-Based Funding
by Doug Hart and D.W. Livingstone, Toronto Star

Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory's new position on funding all faith-based schools is a poor fit with public opinion.

In 20 years of polling, we have never found more than a minority in favour of any extension of public funding to private schools. (read more)


The Labour Movement Addresses Barriers to Access to Lifelong Learning

Ottawa June 5, 2007 - The Canadian Council on Learning, in collaboration with the Work and Learning Knowledge Centre, today released the report Integrating Equity, Addressing Barriers: Innovative Learning Practices by Unions (PDF, 525 KB).

The report, which contains 35 detailed sketches of innovative, union-led learning practices from across the country, was developed by the Labour Education Centre with the Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW), and commissioned by CCL’s Work and Learning Knowledge Centre, a consortium of more than 150 organizations led by the Canadian Labour Congress and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters.

The report describes the diverse education-and learning-based initiatives that labour unions across the country have developed to address the systemic and other barriers workers have faced, both in the workplace and in accessing learning opportunities. It covers a variety of learning initiatives including literacy, workplace skills, apprenticeship, anti-discrimination, and labour education.

“Ongoing efforts to address barriers faced by workers have provided unions and central labour bodies with a rich experience that is relevant to all workers, unionized or not," said Paul Cappon, President and CEO, Canadian Council on Learning.

To read the report in English, click here.

To read the report in French, click here.


Hotel Staff Need Help: Study
Majority of lowest earners in sector are immigrants, women, visible minorities with little chance of job advancement
by Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star

"[The] high road means higher training, higher skills, higher wages and higher productivity," explains the co-chair of the union-led Task Force on the Toronto Hotel Industry, Anil Verma, a University of Toronto professor of industrial relations and human resource management. "High road doesn't mean higher cost," he adds. (read more)


How Do Teachers Compare to Other Workers?
by David W. Livingstone and Fab Antonelli, Professionally Speaking

In 2004, the Work and Lifelong Learning (WALL) network conducted a large-scale survey of over 9,000 members of the Canadian labour force concerning their working conditions and learning activities. The survey was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

While the number of teachers included in the survey is not large enough to allow for interprovincial comparisons of teachers, the responses of teachers across the country can be compared with those of other occupational groups and to the labour force as a whole. (read more)


Democratic Practices as Learning Opportunities
WALL Researcher Honoured

Each year OISE selects eight researchers from across OISE/UT to feature at its Annual Research Celebration. Among those honoured was WALL researcher Daniel Schugurensky of OISE's Department of Adult Education and Counselling Psychology for his research in democratic practices as learning opportunities. (read more)


Skills, Jobs and Immigrants: Who's Working, What's Working - A Conference
by Wendy Terry, Learning Curves (Workers' Educational Association)

Many Learning Curves' readers are highly skilled newcomers, so the Skills, Jobs and Immigrants conference [sponsored by the Centre for the Study of Education and Work, WALL's parent organization] was of direct interest to them, especially those who have had difficulty getting into the labour market. There are a few innovative programs to help them, but they often feel confused by the variety of programs and frustrated by the inability to get into one of them. (read part 1) (read part 2)


The Real Worth of "Women's Work"
by Daniel Girard, Toronto Star

"Those who do unpaid housework are covered with a cloak of invisibility," professor Margrit Eichler writes in a research paper, released at a conference at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the U of T.

Lifting that cloak not only has implications for what we identify as work and consider worthwhile skills in society but also, according to the study, raises public policy issues such as whether there should be pensions and holidays for those who look after those who cannot look after themselves. (read more...)


More Than Half of Canadians Want Informal Learning Recognized for Credit
Results of national study presented
by Jenny Hall, University of Toronto

Professor David Livingstone, head of the Centre for the Study of Education and Work at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, presented findings on prior learning from the 2004 Canadian Survey on Work and Lifelong Learning. (read more...)

Click here to see a copy of the survey.


Quantifying Informal Learning Vital
Study examines unmet demand for adult education
by Jenny Hall, University of Toronto

With stories of overqualified immigrants unable to find work in their fields sharing headlines with news about shortages of doctors and other skilled workers, Canadian public policy experts are increasingly looking for ways to assess learning that has taken place outside the nation’s formal post-secondary institutions. (read more...)


Labour Pain
SFL boss Larry Hubich is bloodied but unbowed
after a tough year

by David Shield, Prairie Dog

This Labour Day wouldn't appear to be the ideal time to be president of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour. (read more...)


Paying the Price for Real Life Lessons
Costly summer school booming
by Louise Brown, Toronto Star

"If this kind of summer opportunity gives richer kids another edge, it can lead to a two-tiered system of education within the public system," warns professor David Livingstone of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. (read more...)


Career Coach
Ideas: employees' best-kept secrets

by Virginia Galt, Globe & Mail

"The extent to which we are motivated to share the knowledge that we have with our workmates, managers and others . . . is really conditioned by the extent to which we feel comfortable that the knowledge is going to be recognized and rewarded," said U of T professor David Livingstone, who is leading a research project on lifelong learning and work. (read more...)


Ask the Expert (OISE) David Livingstone, March 2005

Does the public understand the relationship between race and schooling? No! Two-thirds of the Ontario population recognizes discrimination against lower-income students, but only a very small minority recognizes that systemic discrimination against Black students is undermining their chances of school success. The latest OISE/UT Survey which reports on public attitudes to educational issues is online at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/OISE-Survey/

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Public Onside with Rae Report
by Doug Hart and David Livingstone, Toronto Star

How will the public react to the Rae report on post-secondary education? Results from the OISE/UT surveys of educational issues, conducted every two years in Ontario since 1980, strongly suggest the report will be well received. (read more...)


Tories Ignored Computer Warnings
by Trish Hennessey and Peter Sawchuk, Toronto Star

Ontario taxpayers are on the hook for another $10 million fee to Accenture to fix some glitches in a computer system the private consultant designed to help the Mike Harris government crack down on welfare fraud.
This fiasco could have been prevented. (read more...)



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