Learning communities: An International Perspective (2010)

Revue « À lire en ligne », FCAF

The author offers a brief history of the world-wide learning communities initiative, starting with a conference sponsored by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1992. By 2005, an Australian survey of learning cities and towns around the world identified over 300 such initiatives in every continent but Antarctica.

Learning communities are defined as places that utilize the resources of all sectors, not just the formal education system, for learning. In such places, lifelong learning is used as an organizing principle and social/cultural goal.

The author also points to a growing gap in Canada between the very rich and the very poor and between the well‐educated and the under‐educated.

This article appears in the 2010 edition of the Fédération canadienne pour l’alphabétisation en français (FCAF) journal “À lire en ligne.” The author served as guest editor for that edition, which is devoted exclusively to place-based learning communities.

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