The Research Network on
New Approaches to Lifelong Learning


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On December 5, 1996 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council* (SSHRC) President Lynn Penrod announced the creation of five large-scale research networks in education and training.

The networks involve more than 140 researchers at universities across Canada working closely with representatives from some 150 community organizations, private sector companies, international research enterprises, and representatives of various provincial government departments and school boards.

It is hoped, through these networks, that determining 'what works' will help prepare Canadians to benefit from future economic growth. The five major topics, or areas of study are:

1. Learning factors and outcomes

2. Providers of vocational and professional education and training

3. Means of education and training delivery

4. Education and Training Outcomes

5. The structures and processes of education

The five networks were chosen from among 47 grant applications in a national competition adjudicated by a review committee. Each network selected a related topic for study. The networks (and their host universities) are:

1. The Research Network for New Approaches to Lifelong Learning (NALL) (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto)

2. The Labour Training Research Network* (York University)

3. The Network for the Evaluation of Education and Training Technologies * (McMaster University)

4. The Western Research Network on Education and Training* (University of British Columbia)

5. The Education, Training and Employment Research Network (Université du Québec a Montréal)

SSHRC's grant to the five networks totals just over $5.6 million. Each of the five networks receives approximately $225,000 per year for up to five years.

SSHRC* is the key national research agency investing in the advancement of human knowledge and skills that Canada needs to continue building the quality of its social, economic and cultural life.

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The Research Network on New Approaches to Lifelong Learning
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT)
252 Bloor Street W, #12-246, Toronto, ON, M5S 1V6, Canada
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