This conference will present research and address inequalities in adult learning policy on June 4th-5th, 2006 at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT).
“There are widespread claims about gaps between workers' skills and the needs of a knowledge-based economy but there has been little prior research actually studying this relationship”, says Professor David Livingstone, head of the Centre for the Study of Education and Work at OISE/UT. The Canadian and international researchers brought together for this conference have done pioneering work on specific aspects of learning in current workplaces.
There are sessions on immigrant workers, older workers, workers coping with tech change, and the recognition of workers' previously "invisible" skills (such as uncredentialled workers, housework, volunteer work). Outstanding international researchers from the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia will come together with Canadian researchers, mainly from the network on the Changing Nature of Work and Lifelong Learning (WALL).
The conference features a performance by Motown Diva Lynn Marie Smith on the Monday. There are workshop sessions, a Sunday social event, and an exhibitor marketplace.
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