ERIC Number: ED468466
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Working and Learning in the Information Age: A Profile of Canadians. CPRN Discussion Paper.
Livingstone, D. W.
Canadians' employment and working patterns were examined by analyzing the 1998 survey called New Approaches to Lifelong Learning and other recent surveys by Statistics Canada. "Work" was defined as comprising household labor, community volunteer activities, and paid employment, and "learning" was defined as comprising informal learning activities, initial formal schooling, and adult education courses and programs. The data indicated that Canadian adults generally spent as much time in unpaid household and community work as in paid employment. Canadians were extensively involved in learning throughout their lives. According to their self-reports, Canadian adults devoted an average of 15 hours each week to informal learning activities related to their paid employment, household duties, volunteer community work, and other general interests. Those in the labor force averaged 6 hours each week in job-related informal learning pursuits. A generally positive association between the amount of time people spend in paid employment, household labor, and community work and the time spent in work-related informal learning was found. Employment-related informal learning was more extensive than course-based training across nearly all employment statuses and occupational groups. At least 20% of the employed labor force saw itself as having skill levels exceeding those required by their jobs. (Contains 27 tables and 152 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Data Analysis, Definitions, Economic Change, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Employment Level, Employment Patterns, Enrollment Trends, Foreign Countries, Housework, Informal Education, Job Skills, Learning Activities, Lifelong Learning, Literature Reviews, National Surveys, Participant Characteristics, Participation, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Public Policy, Time Factors (Learning), Time Management, Trend Analysis, Underemployment, Unemployment, Volunteers
For full text: http://www.cprn.com/docs/work/wlia_e.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Canadian Policy Research Networks Inc., Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada