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ERIC Number: EJ868433
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1052-2891
"More Universal for Some than Others": Canada's Health Care System and the Role of Adult Education
Quigley, B. Allan; Coady, Maureen; Gregoire, Helene; Folinsbee, Sue; Kraglund-Gauthier, Wendy
New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, n124 p49-59 Win 2009
Health and health care in Canada is a story of high ideals, complex policy agreements, moments of raging public controversy, and the creation of a national health system that is the envy of many other nations. Despite its many health care achievements, evidence is mounting that good health is far from being universally accessible to all Canadians. As the authors discuss in this chapter, following a three-year pan-Canadian study on health and learning, it became painfully clear to them that in far too many cases, one's ability and capacity to learn about health can have immediate--even life-and-death--consequences. The authors concluded that good health is not strictly a medical problem and not simply a governmental funding issue. Their conclusion was that good health is, above all, a matter of successful learning. Their study made it clear that adult education can play a key role in enabling people to maintain and improve their health. Yet they found that learning and health is a remarkably underresearched, underrecognized area within the ambit of adult education. Since the area of learning and health not only defies boundaries but is far larger and more complex than any policy, system, or program, the authors hope that these findings will encourage adult educators in Canada and beyond to become more involved in the critical issue of health and learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada