Adult Learning in Aboriginal Community-Based Inner-City Organizations (2008)

This document outlines a research project, carried out in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to explore the nature and experience of informal adult learning within community-based inner-city human service organizations from the perspectives of Aboriginal volunteers and staff members who are also residents of the local community.

Researchers selected three agencies that had demonstrated a commitment to hiring from within the geographic and cultural community, and interviewed volunteers and staff members working in a variety of positions at those agencies. Questions focused on the benefits and challenges of working in the community; how they had become involved with the agency; their prior employment and educational experiences; and the employment and education opportunities they have had while in this job.

Nine directors and managers from the three agencies were also interviewed for the project, and asked about their reasons for their commitment to hiring from within the local community.

Based on their analysis of the data, the researchers concluded that such community-based human services make a positive difference. In addition to providing a variety of formal educational opportunities, the agencies are a source of informal learning opportunities, including the advice and guidance of experienced staff members.

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2013-08-13
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Jason Brown, Dilly Knol, Cheryl Fraehlich, Melissa Campbell, Erin Klimpke, Sonya Kuik, Maricel Roldan and Wendy Ross. Adult Learning in Aboriginal Community-Based Inner-City Organizations 2008. Web. 27 Oct. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/aboriginal_com/aboriginal_com.pdf>
Jason Brown, Dilly Knol, Cheryl Fraehlich, Melissa Campbell, Erin Klimpke, Sonya Kuik, Maricel Roldan & Wendy Ross (2008). Adult Learning in Aboriginal Community-Based Inner-City Organizations. Retrieved October 27, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/aboriginal_com/aboriginal_com.pdf
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