Connecting with Canadians

Research Area:

Adult Learning

For a wide variety of well-documented reasons - often related to globalization, demographics and technological change - knowledge and skills necessary to work and keep a job in today's economy and labour market need to be updated and maintained throughout life. This is as much a challenge for individuals as it is for employers. Relevant research questions to explore include:

What do educational institutions and employers need to do to prepare for the learning challenges associated with changes in the labour market such as:

  • Workforce ageing [fewer young people entering the workforce with up-to-date knowledge and skills; a larger proportion of the workforce above the age of 40];
  • Greater diversity of the workforce [changing immigration patterns; greater language and cultural barriers]; and
  • Technological and organizational changes [importance of technological developments in all activities affecting both work organization and human resource management]?

How well do our training programs serve the need for adult skill development, especially for those with lower levels of formal education?

Possible research in this area is currently under examination. Please watch our site for future postings.



Publications:

Title Type Publishedsort desc.
Fostering Employer Investment in Workplace Learning: Report on a Series of Regional Roundtables Research Report 2 Apr 2009
Lessons from Other Countries Regarding Incentives for Employer-Sponsored Training Presentation 26 Mar 2009
Lessons from Other Countries Regarding Incentives for Employer-Sponsored Training Research Report 26 Mar 2009
Employer Investment in Workplace Learning: Report on the Edmonton Roundtable Research Report 19 Feb 2009
Employer Investment in Workplace Learning: Report on the Yellowknife Roundtable Research Report 18 Sep 2008
Employer Investment in Workplace Learning: Report on the Halifax Roundtable Research Report 29 May 2008
Employer Investment in Workplace Learning: Report on the Toronto Roundtable Research Report 3 Apr 2008
Towards an Effective Adult Learning System: Report on a Series of Regional Roundtables Research Report 15 Nov 2007
Towards an Effective Adult Learning System: Report on the Calgary Roundtable Research Report 14 Jun 2007
Towards Effective Adult Learning Systems in Western Canada Presentation 24 May 2007
Vers un système efficace d'éducation et de formation des adultes : Rapport de la table ronde de Montréal Research Report 17 May 2007
The Labour Crunch: Waste Not, Want Not Policy Briefs 19 Apr 2007
Employer Investment in Workplace Learning in Canada Presentation 12 Apr 2007
Towards an Effective Adult Learning System: Report on the Toronto Roundtable Research Report 29 Mar 2007
Towards an Effective Adult Learning System: Report on the Atlantic Roundtable Research Report 1 Mar 2007
Moving Forward on Workplace Learning Research Report 8 Feb 2007
Employer Investment in Workplace Learning in Canada Research Report 14 Sep 2006
Human Capital Development and Education Research Report 30 Jun 2006
Human Capital Development and the Frontiers of Research in the Sociology of Education Research Report 30 Jun 2006
Human Capital, Civic Engagement and Political Participation: Turning Skills and Knowledge into Engagement and Action Research Report 30 Jun 2006
Networking, Clusters and Human Capital Development Research Report 30 Jun 2006
Skills and Knowledge for Canada's Future: Seven Perspectives - Towards an Integrated Approach to Human Capital Development - Overview Research Report 30 Jun 2006
Snapshots and Trends in Human Capital Development Presentation 30 Jun 2006
The Effects of Deficits in Health Status in Childhood and Adolescence on Human Capital Development in Early Adulthood Research Report 30 Jun 2006
The Impact of Education on Economic and Social Outcomes: An Overview of Recent Advances in Economics Research Report 30 Jun 2006
Self-assessed Returns to Adult Education: Life-long Learning and the Educationally Disadvantaged Research Report 9 Jun 2006
Too Many Left Behind: Canada's Adult Education and Training System Research Report 9 Jun 2006
Skills Upgrading Initiatives in Canada: Regional Case Studies Research Report 21 Jan 2005