ERIC Number: ED474712
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Shifting the Paradigm: Knowledge and Learning for Canada's Future. CPRN Discussion Paper.
This paper examines the personal and societal choices that will shape the kind of country Canada will become. It is argued that Canadian policymakers' current approach to work, family, and urban life is based on patterns and associations that were developed in an earlier time and no longer reflect Canadians' experiences in the 2000s. Recent trends in Canadian home and family life, workplaces, and cities are analyzed, and policy challenges resulting from significant social changes in each of these areas are identified. It is argued that policymakers must address the following sets of choices when formulating the policies that will shape education in Canada in years to come: (1) striving for work-life balance or crafting policies based on the belief that life is only at work; (2) sharing responsibilities for intergenerational well-being needs with families or adopting policies based on the belief that families are solely responsible for meeting those needs; (3) accepting the notion that life "without work" matters or basing policies on the principle that everybody must work; and (4) acting as if "space matters" (spending on physical and cultural infrastructures, investing in public services, deciding land use and housing policies, redesigning local, province and federal governance, enabling democracy). The consequences of selected policy decisions based on each of these choices are explored. The bibliography lists 46 references. Five reference tables are appended.(MN)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Aging (Individuals), Attitude Change, Demography, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Level, Employment Patterns, Family Life, Family Work Relationship, Federal State Relationship, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Geographic Location, Government Role, Local Government, Municipalities, Needs Assessment, Policy Formation, Position Papers, Postsecondary Education, Proximity, Public Policy, Social Change, Social Values, Strategic Planning, Trend Analysis, Urban Planning, Work Attitudes, Work Environment
For full text: http://www.cprn.org/docs/family/spk_e.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Canadian Policy Research Networks Inc., Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada