The Canadian Council on Learning has identified five crosscutting themes that relate to structured learning. CCL is committed to establishing a research, monitoring and knowledge mobilization platform for each of the themes, and to report on progress in the following areas.
Both in its narrower sense—the reading, writing and numeracy skills needed to cope with everyday tasks—and in its broader, more nuanced sense—the multiple literacies required to thrive in a knowledge economy—literacy is interwoven through the full spectrum of CCL’s work. More »
The ability to access and use high-quality learning resources anytime and anywhere is an increasingly important element of all forms of learning. Challenges remain in terms of coordinating the tools, standards, practices and infrastructure necessary, and building the capacity and confidence of both providers and learners to use e-learning effectively. CCL is working to bring together stakeholders to design a collaborative approach for advancing the use of e-learning in Canada in a sustainable manner. More »
As Canada becomes an increasingly multicultural society, it is essential to understand the role culture plays in our learning systems. More »
Access to quality learning opportunities is a priority for all Canadians. While education systems in Canada strive to respond to the needs of all Canadians, certain sectors of society, including the francophone population outside Quebec, experience considerable challenges in gaining access to and successfully completing education and training programs. CCL seeks to develop a good understanding of the particular learning challenges facing the French-speaking population in minority settings and to ensure that the learning needs of this population are met. More »
While inequitable and inadequate access to learning resources for girls and women remains the primary focus in international development research and advocacy work, some researchers in Canada have turned their attention to the question of why boys and young men are falling behind in primary, secondary and post-secondary school settings. But this is only one of many questions concerning gender as it affects access to resources, responses to programs, and learning outcomes. Gender issues—sometimes closely interwoven with cultural influences and demographic factors—are part of the fabric of the research and initiatives undertaken by each of the knowledge centres. More »