Volunteer Work, Informal Learning and Social Action

  • Fiona Duguid
  • Karsten Mündel
  • Daniel Schugurensky

Part of the The Knowledge Economy and Education book series (KNOW, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Daniel Schugurensky
    Pages 1-16
  3. Fiona Duguid, Karsten Mündel, Daniel Schugurensky
    Pages 17-36
  4. Susan Stowe
    Pages 37-61
  5. Kunle Akingbola, Fiona Duguid, Martha Viveros
    Pages 63-78
  6. Bonnie Slade, Yang Cathy Luo, Daniel Schugurensky
    Pages 101-114
  7. Fiona Duguid, Karsten Mündel, Daniel Schugurensky
    Pages 115-140
  8. Behrang Foroughi, Erica McCollum
    Pages 141-158
  9. Daniel Schugurensky
    Pages 159-176
  10. Karsten Mündel, Daniel Schugurensky
    Pages 177-194
  11. Kate Rogers, Megan Haggerty
    Pages 195-218
  12. Fiona Duguid, Karsten Mündel, Daniel Schugurensky, Megan Haggerty
    Pages 219-235
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 237-239

About this book


Since most research on work focuses on paid work, and most literature on education concentrates on schools, it is not surprising that studies on the relations between work and learning emphasize the relations between paid employment and organized education. This unique book deals with an area that has been rarely covered in the literature on work and education: the connections between volunteer work and informal learning. Through a variety of examples, ranging from the Red Cross to teacher-labourers, from cooperatives to social housing, and from participatory democracy to environmental social movements, this volume examines the learning dimension of volunteer work in different contexts. It also considers the special case of volunteerism among recent immigrants. The case studies analyze three basic types of voluntary organizations: those providing social services, representing local communities and mobilizing for social change. The chapters include profiles of the actual work their members do and detailed accounts of the learning practices they are engaged in during their work, and the impact of such learning on their personal and professional development. The concluding chapter offers a comparative analysis, practical recommendations and steps for further research.


informal learning volunteer work

Authors and affiliations

  • Fiona Duguid
    • 1
  • Karsten Mündel
    • 2
  • Daniel Schugurensky
    • 3
  1. 1.Canadian Co-operative AssociationCanada
  2. 2.Augustana CampusUniversity of AlbertaCanada
  3. 3.Arizona State UniversityUSA

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