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Title: Teacher learning, informal and formal: results of a Canadian Teachers' Federation survey
Authors: Smaller, Harry
Clark, Rosemary
Hart, Doug
Livingstone, David W.
Noormohammed, Zahra
Keywords: general learning work relationships
informal self-directed learning
formal education
paid employment
courses
elementary education
secondary education
informal education
inservice teacher education
teacher attitudes
teacher participation
formal education
Issue Date: 2000
Publisher: Centre for the Study of Education and Work, OISE/UT
Series/Report no.: NALL Working Paper;14
Abstract: As part of a larger national study examining informal learning practices across the general population, a representative random sample of elementary and secondary school teachers across English Canada were sent English language questionnaire forms in October of 1998, inquiring into their practices and opinions concerning their own on-going learning. Respondents (N=753) were asked to comment on any informal learning they may have done in the past year in their workplaces, their homes and their communities. They were also asked to report on any formal learning activities in which they participated in, including courses, workshops or conferences. Most questions replicated closely those asked in the 1998 national telephone survey (N=1562) of Canadian adults' learning practices (see Livingstone 1999). Over 85% of all teachers indicated that they had engaged in formal courses and workshops in the previous year, as compared to 49% of the entire Canadian labour force, and 67% of those in the labour force with university level education. Similarities and differences among teachers' responses were examined, based on gender, age, region, elementary/secondary school placement, urban/rural residence, position in the system. Teachers reported spending an average of over eight hours per week engaged in their own formal learning activity (including course time, reading and preparing assignments). In addition to this formal learning, teachers reported that they also spent an average of 4 hours per week in informal learning related to their jobs and an average of 10 hours per week devoted to informal learning activities generally (related to their employment, housework, community volunteer work and other general interests.) Again, there were variations among teachers as well as within the general labour force. As one example, 89% of teachers, as compared to only 61% of the overall labour force and 77% of employed professionals had engaged in informal learning of computers in the previous year (Authors' abstract).
URI: http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/depts/sese/csew/nall/res/14teacherlearning.pdf
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