ERIC Number: ED471620
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
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Exploring the Self/Group Initiated and On-the-Job Learning Activities of Low Income Women.
The self- and group-initiated and on-the-job learning activities of low-income women were explored in a study of a small group of low-income mothers living in the greater Vancouver area of British Columbia, Canada. During the study, the low-income women attended meetings during which a participating researcher documented the women's experiences. The researcher collected additional data through e-mail conversations with the women. The women's first income-generating project involved making gift baskets of homemade foods and ready-to-use mixes. In their second major venture, the women made connections with selected nonprofit organizations in the United States and Central America and purchased handcrafted items from the cooperatives for resale. Their third venture was to create a World Wide Web-based catalogue where other nonprofit groups could purchase space to sell their handmade crafts. During these ventures, the women also explored a wide range of sources for obtaining grants to support their endeavors and made connections with other women's groups via the Internet. The women's activities provided evidence of the diverse learning paths emerging form various income-generating group projects and illustrated their efforts to work cooperatively in a spirit of entrepreneurship. The study also illustrated the possibilities of using academic resources and activist-oriented research to work in solidarity with low-income women. (MN)
Descriptors: Action Research, Adult Learning, Case Studies, Employed Women, Entrepreneurship, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Group Activities, Handicrafts, Independent Study, International Trade, Internet, Learning Activities, Learning Motivation, Learning Processes, Low Income Groups, Marketing, Mothers, Nonprofit Organizations, On the Job Training, Participant Observation, Retailing, Self Employment, Welfare Recipients, Work Environment, World Wide Web
Adult and Community College Education, Box 7801, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7801 (Proceedings: $30). For full text: http://www.ncsu.edu/ced/acce/aerc/start.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Vancouver); United States