Disability at the Bank: Discovering the Work of Learning/Teaching Done
by Disabled Bank Employees
RBC Foundation Institute for Disability Studies
Public Report, October 2007
Kathryn Church, Catherine Frazee, Melanie Panitch, Teresa Luciani, and
[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
read the full report, click here.
listen to the report, click here.(mp3
Takes Ingenuity and Persistence to Succeed, Disabled Workers Say
people are selective about how much they tell their bosses, new survey
by Ryerson and the Royal Bank reveals
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.
PD Days: Teachers' Work and Learning in Canada
Clark, Fab Antonelli, Donna Lacavera, David Livingstone, Katina Pollock,
Harry Smaller, Jim Strachan, and Paul Tarc
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
Historically Cool to Faith-Based Funding
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
Labour Movement Addresses Barriers to Access to Lifelong Learning
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).
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.
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.
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.
read the report in English, click here.
read the report in French, click here.
Staff Need Help: Study
of lowest earners in sector are immigrants, women, visible minorities
with little chance of job advancement
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)
Do Teachers Compare to Other Workers?
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
Practices as Learning Opportunities
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
Jobs and Immigrants: Who's Working, What's Working - A Conference
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)
Real Worth of "Women's Work"
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.
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.
Than Half of Canadians Want Informal Learning Recognized for Credit
of national study presented
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.
here to see a copy of the survey.
Informal Learning Vital
Study examines unmet demand for adult
by Jenny Hall, University of Toronto
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
SFL boss Larry Hubich is bloodied but unbowed
after a tough year
Shield, Prairie Dog
Day wouldn't appear to be the ideal time to be president of the Saskatchewan
Federation of Labour. (read more...)
the Price for Real Life Lessons
summer school booming
Brown, Toronto Star
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
Ideas: employees' best-kept secrets
Galt, Globe & Mail
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
the Expert (OISE) David Livingstone, March 2005
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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Onside with Rae Report
Hart and David Livingstone, Toronto Star
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...)
Ignored Computer Warnings
Trish Hennessey and Peter Sawchuk, Toronto Star
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
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October 9, 2007