New Publication: Co-operation, Learning, and Co-operative Values

Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group recently published a book edited by Tom Woodin on comtemporary issues in co-operative education. Here is the publisher’s description of the book:

“The rapidity of change in education has intensified in recent years. With the emergence of ‘co-operative schools’ and a new framework focusing heavily on co-operation, a direct challenge to ways of thinking about education, at both school and university level, has developed.

Co-operation, Learning and Co-operative Values addresses the urgent need to describe, analyse and assess the growth of co-operative education. The relationship between co-operation and education is a complex process and this book critically reflects on the tensions and obstacles facing this movement. It brings together the contributions of academics and practitioners from a range of backgrounds, and explores topics including:

    • Theories and histories of co-operative values and principles
    • Critical views of the practice of co-operative education
    • Case studies of processes in action from both schools and higher education
    • Co-operative education in a wider context

This book provides an essential introduction to a new and expanding area of research with chapters by many leading commentators in education. It will be of interest to researchers and educators interested in education and social policy.”

For more information about this publication and to purchase the book, follow this link.

MCDRN Fall Series: Webinar #2

The Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network will be offering the second webinar of its Fall Series:

Information about the event:

Co-operative Development: Findings from a national study
Speakers: Dr. Fiona Duguid and Dr. Marcelo Vieta
Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 1:00pm EDT
To Register for this event, click here!

Note that although registration is required, the webinars are free of charge.

Do not miss the last webinar:

Governing Housing Co-operatives: Recent findings
Speakers: Dr. Catherine Leviten-Reid and Justin Ellerby
Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 12:00pm EST
To Register for this event, click here!

Videos and powerpoints available from past webinars here.

Centre for the Study of Co-ops Annual Report released

Centre for the Study of Co-ops 2013 Annual report is now available for the first time in digital version! In this report, you will find the latest news about:

  • Research Activities
  • Seminar Series
  • Curriculum changes and new courses addition in social economy and co-operatives studies
  • Conferences & seminars
  • Paper series & research reports
  • List of recent publications
  • …and much more!

To access the report, click here.


The Winner of the 2014 CASC Award of Merit is…

At its annual banquet held May 29 2014 in St. Catharines, Ontario,  the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation recognized a member of the association who has made significant contributions to research on the co-operative economy over the years. To find out the winner of the 2014 CASC Award of Merit, follow the link!

NASCO – November Institute Themes Revealed

The North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) revealed in their May 2014 Newsletter the theme of this year’s Cooperative Education and Training Institute. The institute will be held November 7-9, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan

For more information about the institute and NASCO’s other offerings, follow this link. 


2014 ACE Institute is Coming Up

The 2014 ACE Institute will be held at the University of Texas in Austin on July 13-16. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about co-operative education resources, research, and development projects that are transforming people, cooperatives, and communities across North America. Early  bird registration ends JUNE 6th 2014.

To register for the conference, follow this link.

To view the preliminary agenda, follow this link.

Free webinar on education for co-operation

March 12, 1 p.m. EDT: Webinar on “Education for co-operation: How do we educate co-operators?”

The Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network is presenting this webinar to explore how the co-operative sector employs their 5th principle of co-operation – education, training and information. The featured speakers are Karen Miner, Christina Clamp and Erin Hancock.

Erin will begin by providing the results of a scan of Canadian co-op educational initiatives including those undertaken by primary co-ops, federations, universities and consultants. This research provides an understanding of what type of work is happening and points to opportunities for improvement as well. Erin is the Manager of Research and Education for the Canadian Co-operative Association.

Karen will speak about the status of a current study for the 2014 International Summit Co-operatives on the state of co-operative management education. Also, she will profile the International Consortium of Leaders in Co-operative Business Education – a new, global network of institutions providing education and training for co-operative enterprises. Karen is the Managing Director of graduate level Co-operative Management Education at Saint Mary’s University.

Chris will report on a US-focused cooperative inventory project that captured: the scope of educational and/or training programs and materials; evaluation of specific materials; identification of other outstanding materials; and gaps in, or problems with, cooperative educational materials. Chris also conducted research to map the study of cooperatives in higher education in the USA and Canada in 2012-13.  She will report on the results of both studies and discuss the policy implications for co-op education. Chris Clamp is a professor of sociology at Southern New Hampshire University and director of the doctoral program in Community Economic Development and of the Center for Co-operatives and CED.