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Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
Peter Sawchuk

Peter Sawchuk
Associate Chair, Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

phone: (416) 978-0570
email: peter.sawchuk@utoronto.ca  
website: http://webspace.oise.utoronto.ca/~sawchukp/

Department: Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Research Overview

Dr. Sawchuk's research areas of specialization include the Adult Education; Adult Learning Theory; Cultural Historical Activity Theory; Marxist Theory; Sociology of Work; Communication and Cognition at Work; Technological Design and Human Computer Interaction at Work; Labour Education; Labour Studies; Social Movement Studies.

Academic History

Ph.D., University of Toronto Sociology & Equity Studies in Education, 2000.
M.A., University of Toronto Sociology & Equity Studies in Education, 1996.
B.Ed.,* University of Western Ontario Teacher Education (I/S), 1992.
B.Sc., University of Waterloo Human Physiology/Ergonomics, 1991.

Teaching Overview

Dr. Sawchuk has taught the following courses:

LHA1108 Adult Learning Theory
LHA1131 Professions, Work and Learning
WPL3931 Doctoral Seminar in Workplace Learning & Social Change
LHA3902 Doctoral Thesis Seminar
WPL2944 Sociology of Learning and Social Movements
SES2942 Education and Work
IRE1611 Sociology of Industrial Relations
SES2954 Re-Thinking Marxism
EDU3508 School and Society

Representative Publications


Sawchuk, Peter H. (2016). “Parsing and Re-constituting Human Practice as Mind-in-Activity”. In J. Lynch, T. Gale, J. Rowlands and A. Sckoudoumbis (Eds) Diffractive Readings in Practice: Trajectories in Theory, Fields and Professions. London: Routledge.

Sawchuk, Peter H. (2015). “Informal Learning as the Dialectics of Activity”. In O. Mejiuni, P. Cranton and O. Taiwo (eds) Measuring and Analyzing Informal Learning in the Digital Age. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Sawchuk, Peter H. (2013). Contested Learning in Welfare Work: A Study of Mind, Political Economy and the Labour Process. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Fenwick, T., Edwards, R. and Sawchuk, Peter H. (2013). Emerging Approaches to Educational Research: Tracing the Socio-Material. New York: Routledge.

Sawchuk, Peter H. (2012). “Divergent Trajectories in Social Services Work Activity: Towards a Use-Value Thesis on the Labour/Learning Process”. In D. Guile and D.W. Livingstone (Eds) The Knowledge Economy and Lifelong Learning: Critical Perspectives. Rotterdam: Sense Publishing.

Sawchuk, Peter H. and Kempf, A. (2011). “Guest Workers Programs: Exploring Race, Class, Citizenship and Resistance in Canada”, pp.139-152. In A. Duffy, D. Glenday and N. Pupo (eds) The Shifting Landscape of Work. Toronto: Thomson Nelson.

Sawchuk, Peter H. and Taylor, Alison (eds) (2010). Challenging Transitions in Learning and Work: Perspectives on Policy and Practice. Rotterdam, NL: Sense Publishing.

Sawchuk, Peter H. (2010). “Re-visiting Taylorism: Conceptual Implications for Studies of Lifelong Learning, Technology and Work in the Canadian Public Sector”, pp.101-118. In D.W. Livingstone (Ed) Lifelong Learning in Paid and Unpaid Work. New York: Routledge.



Research Grants and Contracts

"Changing Workplaces in a Knowledge Economy"
Role: P. H. Sawchuk (Co-Applicant)
Amount: $280,000
Funder: Social Science and Humanities Council of Canada - Insight Grant
Duration: Funded 2015-2018

"19th OISE Survey of Educational Issues"
Role: P. H. Sawchuk (Co-Director)
Amount: $70,626
Funder: Ontario Ministry of Education
Duration: 2014-2015

"Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning"
Role: P. H. Sawchuk (Principal Investigator)
Amount: $1,000,000
Funder: Social Science and Humanities Council of Canada - Community University Research Alliance (CURA) Grant
Duration: Funded 2009-2014

"L'impact des volutions du march du travail sur les systmes d'enseignement" [Impact of the market evolutions of work on the educational systems]
Role: P. H. Sawchuk (Co-Applicant)
Amount: 12,800 [~$20,000Cdn]
Funder: Fonds d'appui l'internationalisation, UCL Universit catholique de Louvain, Conseil des relations internationals, Belgium
Duration: Funded 2009-2012
Partners: UCL Universit catholique de Louvain; Centre de recherch en education franco-ontarienne (OISE/UT); Centre for the Study of Education and Work (OISE/UT)

"Report on Research, Policy and Practice on Labour Markets Access and Career Development for At-Risk Youth"
Role: P. H. Sawchuk (co-Principal Investigator)
Amount: $11,440
Funder: Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities - Ontario Human Capital Research & Innovation Fund
Duration: Funded 2008
Partners: Boreal Institute for Civil Society (Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto)

"Following the Success: Promising Workplace Learning Practices in Marginalized Youth Employment"
Role: P. H. Sawchuk (Principal Investigator)
Amount: $69,000
Funder: Canadian Council on Learning
Duration: Funded 2007-2008
Partners: Boreal Institute for Civil Society (Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto), Toronto Training Board (Toronto, Canada)

"Understanding Educational Capacity for Urban Community Unionism: Exploring the Developmental Foundation of a New Labour Relations Regime in Canada"
Role: P. H. Sawchuk (Principal Investigator)
Amount: $72,121
Funder: Social Science and Humanities Council of Canada - Standard Research Grant
Duration: Funded 2007-2010

Honours and Awards

2015 David E. Hunt Award for Excellence in Graduate Education, University of Toronto.

2015 Nominated, J.J. Berry Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision, University of Toronto

2013 Nominated, Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, OISE/UT.

2011 Appointed, International President of Researching Work and Learning Conference Seven, Shanghai, China, May 1.

2011 Nominated, Canadian Society for Studies in Education Mentorship Award.

2006 Nominated, Initial Teacher Education Teaching Award, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto.

Professional Activities

Editorial Board Member: Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education; Professional and Vocational Education; Revista Educao and Cidadania [Journal of Education and Citizenship]; Journal of Workplace Learning.

2012 Keynote Speaker, "Adult Learning, Health and Safety - Pressing the boundaries of current practice and research: An academic view", Learning and Leading for Life - Learning, Health and Safety Conference. Worker Health & Safety Centre.
2012 Invited Talk, "Anti-Poverty Activism Research and the Process of Working with Community", University of Toronto Cities Centre Meeting.
2012 Invited Panellist, "Anti-Poverty Activism in Toronto", Social Planning Toronto Community Forum.
2012 Invited Panellist, "Research Partnerships with Community on Issues of Poverty", George Brown College Community Partnership Conference.
2012 Invited Lecture, "Policy Making from the Bottom Up: The Role of Anti-Poverty Activism Development in Toronto", Collaborative Program in Policy Studies, OISE, University of Toronto.
2012 Keynote Speaker, "Learning and Social Movements in Transition", LaGuardia Community College, Long Island, New York, May 19-21.
2011 Consultant, Public Service Alliance Canada Union, Union Education Survey Project.
2010 Invited Speaker, "Annual Canadian Association for University Teachers Harry Crowe Conference", Toronto, January 29-31st.
2009 Conference Keynote Speaker, "The 6th International Conference on Researching. Work and Learning',Roskilde University, Denmark, June 28th-July 1st.
2008 Conference Keynote Speaker, "Art, Learning and the Labor Movement", Annual Ray Smith Symposium - Art Works: The Role of Arts in U.S. Workers Struggles", University of Syracuse, New York, April 22-24th.