Committee Leader: Paul Bélanger, University of Quebec at Montreal
Within its theme of Aging, lifelong learning and life course flexibility, the committee focuses on lifelong learning and work and lifelong learning and health, both sub-themes developed in relation to life course research and policy framework.
For lifelong learning and work, the committee seeks to answer questions such as: How and on what contexts do individuals, experiencing desynchronized life course, develop and mobilize knowledge and skills to pilot their occupational life transitions?
In the context of demographic changes that project labour shortage, the learning demand of the active population shifts towards older occupational strata. How are the work-related learning demands that emerge later in people’s lives expressed and met in various sectors?
Health-related lifelong learning policies are emerging in national policies on health, which tend to complete their historical dominant curative orientation with new concerns for health literacy within new public health strategies. The aim is to monitor this yet timid but steady transition from health welfare system to participative learnfare system.
Two series of events were organized with international experts on the issue of lifelong Learning at work place:
For the video of the presentations, see L'OBSERVATOIRE COMPÉTENCES-EMPLOIS sur la formation continue et le développement des compétences
The Committee has organized an international seminar, « Vers de nouvelles façons de développer les compétences tout au long de la vie » (French Only), on the informal component of lifelong learning from a biographical approach and a human resource perspective. The seminar has mobilized 25 experts and 72 participants from research institutions and networks of labour market partners.
Seminars and Dissemination Initiatives of the British research report “Learning Through Life”
On the occassion of the visit of Prof. Tom Schuller, Director of the UK lnquiry into the Future for Lifelong Learning, and co-author of Learning Through Life, the committee organized seminars and meetings in Montreal, Ottawa, and London, Ontario.
Session on Lifelong Learning
Session on School Trajectories of Young Canadians: What Challenges Lie at the Horizon