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Roy Della Savia - Workplace Learning and Social Change.doc
Canadian Journal of Adult Education (2010)
  • Roy Della Savia, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto
  • Prof. D. W. Livingstone, PhD, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto
Often people who are unemployed or currently collecting welfare attend training courses that are offered by publicly-oriented nonprofit organizations. Such organizations serve an external constituency, such as the disabled, low-income people, runaway teenagers, or abused women, and receive funding from municipal, state (or province) and federal agencies and from donors such as the United Way and operate at greater distance from government. These include social service agencies such as the John Howard and Elizabeth Fry Societies (Sousa & Quarter, 2003). Many nonprofit agencies such as Jewish Vocational Services Toronto and Goodwill Industries endorse nonformal learning as a solution for unemployed individuals who require new job skills. Sousa and Quarter (2003) identified nonformal learning as: “learning that is not provided by an education or training institution and typically does not lead to certification. It is, however, structured (in terms of learning objectives, learning time or learning support) [p. 2]. The training programs offered by these nonprofit organizations are considered non formal learning, and the classes and courses offered by these organizations are not accredited by any governing body (regional or state/provincial). Thousands of Canadians and Americans go to these organizations to learn new skills that will prepare them to obtain employment.
  • Learning Outcomes,
  • Workplace Learning,
  • Social Change,
  • Adult Education,
  • Sociology,
  • Political Outcomes
Publication Date
Spring April 15, 2010
Publisher Statement
Adult Education
Citation Information
Overview of Adult Education and Workplace Learning