ERIC Number: ED465059
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Report on the National Learning Roundtable (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, March 19-20, 2001).
Lowe, Graham S.
Forty-five individuals from a wide range of organizations and backgrounds participated in a national roundtable on learning in Canada. Working in small groups and plenaries, participants proposed a vision for learning as a way to address the widely expressed concern that Canada is not moving fast enough to increase learning opportunities and to remove barriers to learning. The proposed comprehensive learning system included the following priorities: (1) valuing and supporting universal early childhood education; (2) investing in high-quality, universal, publicly delivered primary and secondary education; (3) ensuring excellence, equitable access, and program delivery within Canada's higher education system; and (4) enabling all adults to have ongoing opportunities to maintain and enhance literacy and learning skills. The discussions focused on assessing needs, barriers, and opportunities and on identifying outcomes and then coalesced into the following guiding principles: (1) all Canadians need opportunities to learn throughout their lives; (2) lifelong learning must be both inclusive and diverse; and (3) governments must take the lead by providing supports, incentives, and infrastructure and by convening stakeholders. Nineteen priority actions were identified, and government, employer, institution, and individual roles in achieving the vision for learning were delineated. The background paper "Learning in the 21st Century: Key Issues and Questions" (Graham S. Lowe) is appended. (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Adult Literacy, Change Strategies, Disadvantaged, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Opportunities, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, Meetings, Models, Needs Assessment, Policy Formation, Preschool Education, Public Education, Public Policy, Stakeholders, Systems Approach
For full text: http://www.cprn.com/docs/work/rnd_e.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Human Resources Development Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Canadian Policy Research Networks Inc., Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada