Lessons in Learning

The skills gap in Canada: The knowledge intensity of Canadians' jobs is growing rapidly (2006)

Lessons in Learning - December 21, 2006

The rising level of competition facing Canadian firms, combined with changes in production technologies and changes in the nature and organization of work, are all driving increases in the knowledge intensity of jobs in Canada.

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2013-02-01

French-Immersion education in Canada (2007)

Lessons in Learning – May 17, 2007

In Canada, French-English bilingualism carries economic and cultural benefits. As well, studies have shown that bilingualism offers cognitive benefits.

French immersion is one of several French as a Second Language (FSL) program options available in elementary and secondary schools across Canada. Immersion programs vary according to the age of first French instruction, and the intensity of French instruction.

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2013-01-31

Equality in the classroom: The educational placement of children with disabilities (2007)

Lessons in Learning - May 1, 2007

This paper examines the issue of full inclusion for students with disabilities versus placement in special-education classrooms, with particular reference to an Ontario case that eventually made its way to the Supreme Court of Canada.

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2013-01-29

Patient self-management: Health-literacy skills required (2007)

Lessons in Learning – June 19, 2007

Patients who actively participate in managing their own chronic illnesses can benefit from improved health while, at the same time, decreasing their reliance on the health-care system, according to the authors of this paper. But patient self-management requires solid health-literacy skills, which many Canadians lack.

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2013-01-25

The obstacles to learning about caring for elders in Canada (2007)

Lessons in Learning – July 12, 2007

More Canadians than ever before are living to age 85 and older and many still live in their own homes, thanks to help from an informal caregiver. These caregivers, who are usually spouses or middle-aged children, are often ill-equipped for the physical, emotional, and financial toll of their responsibilities, the authors of this paper say.

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2013-01-18

Creating the learners society needs: An examination of knowledge building (2007)

Lessons in Learning - September 6, 2007

Although Canadian workers have more education than ever before, numerous surveys of business leaders suggest that employers are dissatisfied with their employees’ so-called “soft” skills, such as teamwork, problem-solving, communication skills, and self-motivation. Recent research suggests that a learning strategy called knowledge building can help students acquire and develop these skills.

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2013-01-10

Gender differences in career choices: Why girls don't like science (2007)

Lessons in Learning - November 1, 2007

While growing numbers of Canadian women are successfully pursuing postsecondary studies, there is still a large gender gap in science-related occupations and a gender-based wage gap.

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2013-01-03

Parenting styles, behaviour and skills and their impact on young children (2007)

Lessons in Learning - December 13, 2007

This paper summarizes recent research on parenting styles and highlights a number of programs aimed at helping parents improve their skills.

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2012-12-18

Media literacy for children in the internet age (2008)

Lessons in Learning – January 10, 2008

While new media can promote learning, it can also expose children to danger, including inappropriate sexual content and online bullying. Media literacy, for both parents and children, is vital for understanding new media and for ensuring that children’s exposure to the digital world is safe and enjoyable.

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2012-09-04

Parents' role in their children's homework (2008)

Lessons in Learning – February 7, 2008

According to a 2007 survey, 72 percent of Canadian parents feel that homework is a frequent source of household stress, though most parents also believe that it is a valuable learning tool.

This document contains advice, culled from a variety of sources, on how parents can reduce the stress level and ensure that homework is a good learning experience for their children.

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2012-08-29

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