Volunteer work, informal learning, and the quest for sustainable communities in Canada
Drawing on a study on informal learning and volunteer work that was part of the Work and Lifelong Learning (WALL) network, this paper presents findings from four Canadian settings where volunteers have acquired knowledge, skills, and attitudes related to community sustainability. Most of the learning was informal and included three spheres of sustainability (social, ecological, and economic). Making these informal learning outcomes explicit can benefit individual volunteers and increase the sustainability of our communities.Résumé
S’appuyant sur une étude traitant de l’apprentissage informel et du bénévolat, tirée du réseau Work and Lifelong Learning (WALL), cet article présente les résultats de la recherche dans quatre emplacements canadiens où les bénévoles ont acquis les connaissances, les compétences et les attitudes liées au développement communautaire. La majeure partie des apprentissages se sont faits de façon informelle, et touchaient au développement durable sur le plan économique, social et écologique. Le fait de rendre ces résultats explicites peut être avantageux pour les bénévoles et améliorer la vitalité de nos communautés.
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