ERIC Number: ED459169
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Learning, Informal and Formal: Results of a Canadian Teachers' Federation Survey. NALL Working Paper.
Smaller, Harry; Clark, Rosemary; Hart, Doug; Livingstone, David; Noormohamed, Zahra
In 1998, as part of a larger national study examining informal learning practices across the general population, Canadian elementary and secondary teachers were surveyed regarding their practices and attitudes related to their own ongoing learning. The 753 respondents described any informal learning experiences in the past year within their workplaces, homes, and communities and any formal learning activities (courses, workshops, and conferences). Over 85 percent of the teachers had engaged in formal learning during the previous year, compared to 49 percent of the entire Canadian labor force and 67 percent of university-educated labor force members. Teachers spent over 8 hours per week engaged in their own formal learning activities (course time, reading, and preparing assignments). They spent an average of 4 hours per week in job-related informal learning and an average of 10 hours per week in informal learning activities overall (related to employment, housework, community volunteer work, and other interests). There were variations among teachers and within the general labor force. For example, 89 percent of teachers, as compared to 61 percent of the overall labor force and 71 percent of employed professionals, had engaged in informal computer learning in the previous year. Appendixes include additional tables from study results and the Canadian Teachers' Learning Survey. (Contains 36 bibliographic references, 24 tables, and 14 endnotes.) (SM)
Descriptors: Conferences, Courses, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries, Informal Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Participation, Workshops
New Approaches to Lifelong Learning (NALL), Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M56 1V6 ($3). Tel: 416-923-6641; Fax: 416-926-4725. For full text: http://www.oise.utronto.ca/depts.sese/csew/nall/res/ 14teacher/learning.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto. New Approaches to Lifelong Learning.; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada