Domain: Group Two - Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
Project: Education as Research/Research as Education: Labour and Workplace
Start Date: April 1,
Partner Co-Investigators: Dr. D'Arcy Martin (CEP), Jorge Garcia-Orgales (UFCW)
Student Researcher: Peter Sawchuk (OISE/UT)
This study is in the
process of documenting informal learning, and the linkage between nonformal and
informal learning processes around the issue of workplace reorganization amongst
unionized workplaces in Ontario, Canada. The research has drawn on previously
untapped archival sources with the Ontario Region of Communication, Energy and
Paperworkers Union of Canada as well as qualitative research (including personal
interviews and focus group sessions) amongst engaged local labour leaders, union
representatives, educators and researchers.
research informs the interaction between the interaction between union education
programs, union-based research programs and worker informal learning practices
by focussing on key union locals in which these processes can be adequately
documented. The theoretical perspective of the project remains the same with its
roots in the historical materialist educational traditions.
The research will make
a direct and immediate contribution to future policy decisions regarding the use
of education research and nonformal learning in the context of the ability of
local unions to make use of these in terms of informal learning. In keeping with
the team's grounded theory' approach, specific themes in keeping with the topic
will continue to emerge and become more clear as the research proceeds.