Social change

Uncharted Territory: Can Social Innovation Revitalize Literacy and Essential Skills Programs? – Research Brief (2013)

This research brief offers an overview of the concept of social innovation, and explores the potential for social innovation to be a force in Literacy and Essential Skills (LES) programming.

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2013-06-03

Advancing Social Finance in Canada: Moving Towards Social Impact Bonds (2012)

This presentation explores the opportunities and challenges the Government of Canada faces in advancing social finance initiatives, including social impact bonds (SIBs).

Interest in social finance in Canada is being driven by demand from stakeholders within both the private sector and not-for-profit communities seeking a more strategic investment that provides both a social and an economic return, the author explains.

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2013-01-21

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.

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2013-01-18

Beyond the Book: Learning from our History (2009)

Prepared by the Ontario Literacy Coalition (OLC), now called Essential Skills Ontario, this document takes a historical look at literacy from the 19th century through to present-day programming in that province.

It includes sections about federal involvement in literacy; the history of French language education rights in Ontario; deaf literacy; and the connection between literacy and social justice.

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2012-08-22

Why is CUPE involved with literacy work? [Video – 2:45] (2012)

This brief animated video was prepared by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Canada’s largest labour union.

The narrator describes literacy as a tool for promoting equality and social change, helping workers succeed at work and in life. Literacy is the foundation for learning new skills required to deal with technological change.

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2012-06-04

State of First Nations Learning and Education (2005)

This paper, prepared for the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL), identifies issues and challenge that shape discussions about learning priorities among First Nations people and communities.

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2011-03-01

Social Movement Learning (2006)

A Review of the State of the Field in Adult Learning

The authors argue that social movements may be one of the richest sites for learning outside of the formal school system. They define social movement learning as learning by persons who are part of any social movement or learning by persons outside of a social movement as a result of the actions taken by the social movement or simply because of its existence.

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2010-07-21

The Good Mother (2006)

A Critical Discourse Analysis of Literacy Advice to Mothers in the Twentieth Century

Suzanne Smythe's theseis explores literacy advice to parents as a gendered practice of power rather than an institutional truth.

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2006-10-20

Rethinking Violence and Learning: Moving Research into Practice (2000)

This paper explores the ways that traditional discourses about violence and about schooling impede efforts to develop literacy programs that respond to the violence and trauma women learners have experienced.

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2005-10-26

Changing Literacy Programs to Take Account of Violence – Brief Notes (2002)

This paper looks at how addressing the impact of violence on learning offers the opportunity to create nurturing education systems that help both learners and practitioners.

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2005-10-26

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