Work-related Informal Learning: Research and Practice in the Canadian Context (2011)

This document is the result of a call from the Canadian Council on Learning’s Work and Learning Knowledge Centre (WLKC) for a synthesis research project on work-related informal learning in order to develop an evidence base about such learning.

The objectives were to contribute to the development of a working definition of informal learning; describe the incidence and characteristics of work-related informal learning in Canada; discuss practices being used in Canada to support and/or assess work-related informal learning; map the field of practice in terms of key actors involved in work-related informal learning; and develop a knowledge exchange plan for WLKC with respect to work-related informal learning.

The project was based on a literature review, combined with consultation with experts and stakeholders, including business, labour, educators, researchers and community trainers. The literature review was confined to the 2000-2008 timeframe. The consultation process involved inviting 100 stakeholders to complete an online survey, then doing follow-up discussions with selected respondents.

The authors note that work-related informal learning is neither well defined nor well understood by key stakeholders. They also point out that the terminology used to describe work-related and informal learning is often unclear and overlapping.

The report is housed at the website of the Centre for Workplace Skills, an organization led by business and labour, working collaboratively to encourage better participation and investment in skills development in Canada’s workplaces. For more information, please click here: http://www.workplaceskills.ca/en/.

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978-0-9868998-0-5
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2011-07-22
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Christine Wihak and Gail Hall. Work-related Informal Learning: Research and Practice in the Canadian Context 2011. Web. 27 Sep. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/informal_learning/informal_learning.pdf>
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