Research Project

Principal Investigator: Shibao Guo

Location: University of Alberta

Title: Effectiveness of formal and informal processes of learning essential skills: a study of immigrant service organizations

Brief Description: This study examines the role of voluntary organizations in delivering programs for the acquisition of essential skills to Canada’s immigrant populations in both formal and informal settings. It adopts a case study approach involving three large non-profit immigrant service organizations in Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary.

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Principal Investigator: Mohamed Hrimech

Investigator : Paul Bouchard , Concordia University
Community partners : Andréa Tass

Location : Universite de Montreal

Title(French):Strategies d’autoformation pour l’acquisition de competences essentielles dans le milieu de travail

Brief Description(French): L’apprentissage continu est une compétence essentielle qui implique d’apprendre à apprendre en utilisant des stratégies adaptées et efficaces et de le faire souvent par autoformation. Le but de ce projet est d’analyser et d’évaluer les stratégies d’autoformation utilisées en vue d’acquérir des compétences nécessaires au travail. Il s’agit d’ identifier et de décrire les stratégies utilisées ainsi que les contextes et les taches qui impulsent leur développement et de spécifier les apprentissages qu’elles permettent de réaliser, d’évaluer leur degré d’efficacité per?u ainsi que les difficultés rencontrées dans leur application. La finalité est de suggérer des pistes d’intervention pour les employés comme pour les employeurs afin qu’ils puissent prendre des mesures efficaces pour favoriser l’apprentissage continu par autoformation.

Title(English):Self-regulated training strategies and the acquisition of basic skills in the workplace

Brief Description(English):Continous learning is a basic skill that involves learning to learn through the use of effective and suitable strategies and is often achieved through self-regulated training. The goal of this project is to analyze and evaluate self-regulated training strategies used to acquire skills necessary in the workplace. It will begin by identifying and describing the strategies used as well as the contexts and tasks that drive their development while specifying the types of learning that these strategies allow one to achieve. Then the project will evaluate the level of perceived effectiveness of these strategies and the difficulties encountered as a result of their application. The study concludes by suggesting some intervention procedures for employees and employers so that they can take effective measures to encourage continuous learning through self-regulated training.

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Principal Investigator: Adrian Blunt

Location: University of Saskatchewan

Title: Thought for food: essential skills and food system performance

Brief Description: Thought for Food is a multidisciplinary project that aims to extend research on Essential Skills and health in new directions by probing questions triggered by changes in society, new technologies, corporate food systems and shifts in consumer values. Today's food sector employees and community actors require far different knowledge and skills from those required two generations ago. We seek to learn how HRSDC's Essential Skills project might reduce community wide food insecurity.

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Principal Investigator: Nancy Hutchinson

Location: Queen’s University

Title: Essential skills training for workers with disabilities to enhance negotiations for accommodations

Brief Description: This research project will investigate the impact of essential skills (ES) training on workers with disabilities who must negotiate workplace accommodations with employers. Using e-learning technologies, findings from case studies will be used to elicit further case study information and to generate training modules whose use becomes the object of further case studies.

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Principal Investigator: Chantal Ouellet

Location: Universite de Quebec a Montreal

Title: Contextes et representations de la formation aux competences essentielles au Quebec selon les comites sectoriels de main-oeuvre

Brief Description(French): Ce projet vise une meilleure connaissance des représentations de la formation aux compétences essentielles chez les membres des comités sectoriels (directeurs, représentants des ressources humaines et représentants de travailleurs) de formation de la main-d’?uvre au Québec et des contextes de formation qui y sont fortement liés. Les résultats de cette recherche devraient permettre d’adapter les stratégies de sensibilisation et d’améliorer les services de référence aux gestionnaires, comme aux travailleurs, désirant s’engager dans une formation aux compétences essentielles.

Brief Description(English): This study seeks a better understanding of the perceptions of basic skills training held by members of sectoral labour training committees (directors, human resources representatives, labour representatives) and the training contexts that are closely linked to these perceptions. The results of this study should permit the adoption of awareness strategies and the improvement of reference services for administrators as well as for workers wishing to be involved in basic skills training.

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Principal Investigator: Philippe Jonnaert

Location: Universite de Quebec a Montreal

Title: Typologie des diagnostics de formation par les directeurs de resources humaines de PME, dans le cadre de developpement de competences

Brief Description: Ces chercheurs présenteront

(1) l'état d'avancement d'une analyse comparative des définitions du concept
de 'compétences' dans la littérature et dans différents champs
disciplinaires afin d'en dégager un point de vue consensuel pour notre
propre recherche.

(2) l'état d'avancement d'une recherche empirique portant sur l'analyse des
diagnostics de formation posés par les directeur de ressources humaines dans
des entreprises de la région de Montréal.

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Additional Researchers: Johanne Savoie-Barrette, Samira Boufrahi, Monique Guay

Principal Investigator: Marion Jones

Location: University of Regina

Title: Essential skills and the labour market attachment of vulnerable peoples

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