Living and Learning Through Solidarity and Struggle

Assessing the Informal Learning of Frontier College Labourer-Teachers
  • J. Adam Perry
Part of the The Knowledge Economy and Education book series (KNOW, volume 1)


Founded in 1899, Frontier College is Canada’s longest-standing literacy organization and the labourer-teacher program is its original program. The founder of Frontier College, Alfred Fitzpatrick, a Presbyterian minister from Pictou, Nova Scotia, envisioned a world where an education was available to not only the wealthy, urban middle class, but also to isolated frontier camp labourers working in Canada’s mines, lumber camps and railway camps (Fitzpatrick, 1920/1999). Canada has a long history of frontier development, which more often than not has relied on the labour of newly arrived immigrants – the target group of Fitzpatrick’s educational experiments.


Migrant Worker Adult Educator Informal Learning Urban Middle Class Political Neutrality 
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  • J. Adam Perry
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  1. 1.Adult Education and Community Development, Ontario Institute for Studies in EducationUniversity of TorontoCanada

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