About Learning

What aspects of learning will we talk about?

Learning is a broad topic that is connected and related to many other important issues. We will share information with New Brunswickers about all aspects of learning to make sure they have an understanding of the situation in the province. As well, the dialogue sessions will be a chance for New Brunswickers to talk about the learning issues that are most important to them.
We will talk about lifelong learning which is learning that happens at all ages and all stages of life. We will also talk about the types of things that people learn and the places where they learn them. Information and dialogue sessions will be presented in the context of four core learning environments:

Learning at Home

Fact Sheet
learning at home

Why it Matters

Learning begins long before formal education begins-- it starts in the home.
  • From conception to age five, children engage in cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical and motor learning and development that significantly affects their future lives
  • Parents are the child's first teachers; caregivers and other family members play a critical role as well.
  • No other stage in the life cycle has such far-reaching implications. Learning that takes place between birth and age five sets the stage for a child's success, not only in school but throughout their life.
  • Learning continues in the home throughout a person's lifetime and long after formal education ends-- pre-school, kindergarten to Grade 12, post-secondary, career/work, retirement, and senior years.

Learning at "School"

Fact Sheet
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Why it Matters

  • For the purpose of this project, "school" is a universal term that refers to any formal environment where students learn under the supervision of teachers, instructors, or professors. In New Brunswick, this includes such things as: early childhood centres, preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, secondary school, and post-secondary. Post- secondary institutions in New Brunswick include occupational training organizations, colleges and universities, both private and public.
  • School is where we have our first experience of formal learning- how things go for us in school can affect how we learn throughout our lives.
  • During the elementary and secondary school years, children and youth develop the skills they need to make the successful transition to adulthood.
  • High-school graduates are more employable, have a wider selection of jobs to choose from and earn more money.
  • Post-secondary education is the cornerstone of a skilled workforce; it offers widespread benefits to individuals including: higher wages and job satisfaction, fewer periods of unemployment and improved health and quality of life.
  • Increasing numbers of older adults are enrolling in various forms of continuing education in Canada.

Learning in the Workplace

Fact Sheet
learning in the workplace

Why it Matters

  • The demand for physical labour has decreased over the last generation in New Brunswick.
  • Rapid changes in technology and frequent changes in skill requirements on the job make adult learning critical.
  • In today's knowledge-based economy, we cannot afford to stop learning after we leave formal school systems. Individual success and satisfaction in the workplace depends on continually learning in order to upgrade skills and acquire new knowledge.
  • Learning in the workplace can involve gaining, upgrading and updating job-specific skills, as well as the strengthening of soft skills, such as communication, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.

Learning in the Community

Fact Sheet
learning community

Why it Matters

  • Learning in the community takes place throughout one's life.
  • Community-based learning includes such things as literacy classes, volunteerism, sports activities, hobby groups, language training, organized service agencies, social clubs, etc.
  • Children, youth and people of all ages participate in community learning through active participation in such things as: library activities and programs, day programs, sporting activities, hobbies, music and cultural activities, etc.
  • Adult learning enriches personal development, economic opportunity and civic engagement, and has a positive impact on individuals and communities, as well as on the province.
  • Knowledge and skills acquired through community activities can also be applied in the workplace.

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