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dc.contributor.authorKer, Kevin Warren
dc.date.accessioned2010-10-26T19:40:19Z
dc.date.available2010-10-26T19:40:19Z
dc.date.issued2010-10-26
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10464/3066
dc.description.abstractThe Niagara Grape and Wine Community (NGWC) is an industry that has undergone rapid change and expansion as a result of changes in governmental regulations and consumer preferences. As a result of these changes, the demands of the wine industry workforce have changed to reflect the need to implement new strategies and practices to remain viable and competitive. The influx of people into the community with little or no prior practical experience in grape growing (viticulture) or winemaking (oenology) has created a need for additional training and learning opportunities to meet workforce needs. This case study investigated the learning needs of the members of this community and how these needs are currently being met. The barriers to, and the opportunities for, members acquiring new knowledge and developing skills were also explored. Participants were those involved in all levels of the industry and sectors (viticulture, processing, and retail), and their views on needs and suggestions for programs of study were collected. Through cross analyses of sectors, areas of common and unique interest were identified as well as formats for delivery. A common fundamental component was identified by all sectors - any program must have a significant applied component or demonstration of proficiency and should utilize members as peer instructors, mentors, and collaborators to generate a larger shared collective of knowledge. Through the review of learning organizations, learning communities, communities of practices, and learning networks, the principles for the development of a Grape and Wine Learning Network to meet the learning needs of the NGWC outside of formal institutional or academic programs were developed. The roles and actions of members to make such a network successful are suggested.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherBrock Universityen_US
dc.subjectGrape industry -- Ontario -- Niagara Peninsulaen_US
dc.subjectWine industry -- Ontario -- Niagara Peninsulaen_US
dc.subjectWine and wine making -- Ontario -- Niagara Peninsulaen_US
dc.subjectWine and wine making -- Study and teaching -- Ontario -- Niagara Peninsulaen_US
dc.titleA case study investigation of the learning needs of the Niagara grape and wine communityen_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.degree.namePh.D. Educational Studiesen_US
dc.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Educationen_US
dc.degree.disciplineFaculty of Educationen_US


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