Seminars 2009

Title: Through hard work and determination, anything’s possible!
Educational Pathways of Canadian Youth: Findings from the Youth in Transition Survey
October 21, 2009

Presenter: Julie Hudson, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta

Research has shown that Canadian youth have exceptionally high educational aspirations with over 70% of 15 year olds indicating they want to obtain at least one university degree.  However, by age 19, only 39% were enrolled in university and a striking 33% had only a high school diploma or less.  So, the question becomes,  why do some youth manage to realize their aspirations while others do not?

By exploring the association between structure and agency through an empirical investigation of the school-work transitions of young people, this research seeks to explore the mechanisms which limit or encourage educational mobility among at-risk youth.  In particular, this research, using Statistics Canada’s Youth in Transition Survey (YITS), will assess some of the propositions of structuration theory by investigating the impact of individual and structural variables on attitudes towards and enrolment in post-secondary education. 
PowerPoint Presentation PDF Document

Educational Pathways of Canadian Youth: Findings from the Youth in Transition Survey PDF Document

Title: Government of Alberta Initiatives to Support the Settlement and Integration of Newcomers
April 9, 2009

PresenterMargaret Overland, Director, Integration Programs, Immigration Policy and Programs, Alberta Employment and Immigration

The Government of Alberta has a holistic and inclusive view of immigration.  As well as attracting newcomers to work and live in Alberta, supports in place to assist them to participate fully in the social, cultural and economic life of Alberta communities are needed.  The presentation described the initiatives the Government of Alberta currently has underway to support the settlement and integration of newcomers.
PowerPoint Presentation 
 PDF Document

Title: Education and Work Experiences of First Nations and Métis Youth in the Oil Sands
March 18th, 2009

Dr. Alison Taylor, Professor in Educational Policy Studies & Director of the Work & Learning Network, University of Alberta
Dr. Tracy Friedel, formerly of Educational Policy Studies, U of A
Lois Edge, PhD student, Educational Policy Studies, University of Alberta

Findings were presented from a study which explored the political, social, and economic influences on First Nations and Métis youths’ attitudes toward further learning and higher levels of education in the municipality of Wood Buffalo, Alberta, the site of rapid industrial development related to the oil sands in the past few decades. Linked to this, some of the institutional and policy structures that support or hinder the ability of First Nations and Métis youth to finds pathways leading to sustained employment with decent pay, good working conditions, and career potential were explored.

PowerPoint Presentation PDF Document

Title: Workplace learning: Initiatives and opportunities
Poster Presentation and Panel Presentation
March 5th, 2009

Poster Display: Research posters presented the ideas of EDPS 545 (Workplace Learning) graduate students on issues related to work and learning.


Panel Presentation co-presenters:

Angela Risdon – Manager, Learning & Development, Enbridge Pipelines Inc. PowerPoint Presentation
Dave Hill - Director, Loss Prevention, Distribution and Transmission, EPCOR; PowerPoint Presentation
Jason Fleming – Corporate Trainer, All-Weather Windows
Russ Dahms -  Executive Director, Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (ECVO)
"A Workforce Strategy for Alberta’s Non-profit and Voluntary Sector"

  • Panelists discussed their organization’s policies related to formal and informal learning with a focus on the following questions: How does your organization support learning including pre-employment, on-the-job, and/or off-the-job opportunities? What are some past or current initiatives that encourage and support workplace learning and how have they worked? What role would you like to see learning play in the future in your organization, and how can this be achieved?

PowerPoint Slides

Workplace Learning: Initiatives and Opportunities  PDF Document  Angela Risdon, Enbridge 
Epcor Training Overview  PDF Document Dave Hill, Epcor 
A Workforce Strategy for Albertans: Non-profit and Voluntary Sector  PDF Document  Russ Dahms, ECVO