Grassroots and governance: Exploring informal learning opportunities to support active citizenship and community-based organizations within Canada (2010)

This paper explores a study on lifelong learning, citizenship, and participation in community-based organizations in Canada. Specifically, the research focused on the contributions grassroots organizations make to Canadian society; the kinds of relationships that exist between grassroots organizations, government, and other organizations; and the gender differences in citizen participation.

The study included a literature review; case studies of six community based organizations across Canada; semi-structured interviews with key informants; and analysis of the data to categorize the results.

The researchers found that family, work, and community, as well as different expectations according to life stages, all shape the involvement of individuals in volunteer organizations and community groups.

The author notes that there are concerns that volunteerism may be declining. Government, organizations, and individual Canadians may have different ideas on what it means to be an active citizen. Many citizens are “active” in terms of making contributions to the community through volunteer work and fundraising, but they do not usually become engaged as “active citizens" in campaigning for broader social and political changes unless the organization has an advocacy mandate.

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Patricia A. Gouthro. Grassroots and governance: Exploring informal learning opportunities to support active citizenship and community-based organizations within Canada 2010. Web. 2 Jul. 2022 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/grassroots_governance/grassroots_governance.pdf>
Patricia A. Gouthro (2010). Grassroots and governance: Exploring informal learning opportunities to support active citizenship and community-based organizations within Canada. Retrieved July 2, 2022, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/grassroots_governance/grassroots_governance.pdf
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