ERIC Number: ED469815
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Thematic Review on Adult Learning: Canada. Background Report.
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France).
This report reviews the economic and the social benefits and costs of adult education and training (AET) in Canada and examines training in industry. Chapter I provides an introduction and background. Chapter II sets this context: Canada is a country in which legislative authority is shared by federal, provincial, and territorial governments; education is primarily the constitutional responsibility of provincial/territorial governments; AET policies and programs are complex and diverse; and they are affected by social, political, and economic factors. Chapter III describes AET systems and policies in qualitative terms. It outlines government adult learning policies and programs and describes how AET is organized in terms of its institutional structures. Chapter IV provides a portrait of AET that describes characteristics of adult learners and explores access to AET by learners' education, skill, and age and by barriers to AET. Chapter V explores economic and social costs and benefits of AET; examines methods to evaluate AET programs; reports lessons learned about effective training practices; and reviews evidence about effectiveness of worker training and its rate-of-return and evidence that firms invest too little in training. Chapter V assesses AET systems in terms of coherence and transparency and identifies knowledge gaps in adult learning. Appendixes include a glossary; 144-item bibliography; reports on provincial/territorial and federal programs in adult learning; additional tables; and a questionnaire on adult learning for ministries/departments. (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Administrative Organization, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Articulation (Education), Cost Effectiveness, Developed Nations, Educational Benefits, Educational Policy, Federal Government, Foreign Countries, Job Training, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, State Government, Student Characteristics
For full text of report: http://www.oecd.org/pdf/M00032000/M00032161.pdf; and appendices: http://www.oecd.org/pdf/M00032000/M00032162.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France).
Identifiers - Location: Canada