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Professor Leesa Wheelahan and her research team present nine papers at Congress on Pathways to Education and Work 

June 28, 2018
photo of Leesa Wheelahan and her research team
A contingent of the PEW team, from left to right: Qin Lieu, Annette Ford, Gavin Moody, Leesa Wheelahan, Jennifer Hounsell, Aiman Jafar, Edmund Adam, Leping Mou. (Photo by Magdalena Martinez)
The Pathways to Education and Work Research Group (PEW), a team of OISE researchers led by Professor Leesa Wheelahan, presented nine papers at the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE) at Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, held May 26-June 1 in Regina, Sask. 
The team includes co-investigators Ruth Childs and Gavin Moodie, postdoctoral researcher Annette Ford, and Graduate Assistants Edmund Adam, Jennifer Hounsell, Aiman Jafar, Saewan Koh, Leping Mou, and Norin Taj. 
 “Congress was a real opportunity for us to come together as a team, to share our work in progress with the scholarly community, and to benefit from the kind of critical dialogue and feedback that only takes place in conferences such as this one,” said Professor Wheelahan.
Collectively, the PEW team’s papers addressed an impressive array of diverse topics while focusing on a number of interrelated questions on vocational training and its role in shaping career paths: What are the pathways from educational training to the workplace? 
How can we use theoretical approaches to understand the role of community colleges within a Canadian context? What can we learn about Canadian vocational training by conducting comparative studies internationally? 
To address these questions, the PEW team presented papers considering:
  • the roles of colleges in Canada, Australia and England
  • the accreditation processes within the field of nursing across Canada
  • data from Statistics Canada on pathways between postsecondary education and particular career pathways
  • the relationships between qualifications and labour markets within the field of nursing in Canada
  • challenges in retaining nurses in within rural, remote Canadian communities
  • the impact of vocational training on youth in Côte d’Ivoire
  • the structure of vocational education in Taiwan
  • vocational education as a path for social justice 
All nine papers reflected the PEW team’s commitment to a social justice approach that considers education and career pathways in the context of social and cultural barriers.
The PEW team’s research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada and by Education International, an organization of teachers’ unions around the world.