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ERIC Number: EJ926744
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-0268-0939
Educating for a High Skills Society? The Landscape of Federal Employment, Training and Lifelong Learning Policy in Canada
Gibb, Tara; Walker, Judith
Journal of Education Policy, v26 n3 p381-398 2011
Government reports and documents claim that building a knowledge economy and innovative society are key goals in Canada. In this paper, we draw on critical policy analysis to examine 10 Canadian federal government training and employment policies in relation to the government's espoused priorities of innovation and developing a high skills society and economy. Our findings highlight three areas of contradiction: a tension between high skills and low skills policy, a contradictory focus on the socially and economically excluded "and" included, and the paradox of both an active "and" passive federal government. Drawing on state theories such as "inclusive liberalism" and the "social investment state", we argue that while a "highly skilled knowledge economy" may form part of the overall skills discourse, these contradictions raise doubts that it is to become a reality in Canada in the near future. (Contains 15 notes and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada