New research published by ACELG explores how local governments can foster a culture of learning in their communities to achieve positive long term outcomes.

The report Learning as a Driver for Change explores how learning partnerships between councils, their communities and learning organisations can help improve social outcomes, build community capability and strengthen community governance.

The research demonstrates that such partnerships make social inclusion a priority and support both formal and informal learning opportunities.

The researchers, Dr Leone Wheeler and Dr Shanti Wong, drew from a comprehensive literature review and from case studies of Hume City and Gwydir Shire councils to develop a template for other councils interested in developing learning partnerships in their own communities. The template framework, Learning Communities Framework, is published along with the report.

This ACELG Partnership Scheme project involved the Australian Learning Communities Network (ACLN), RMIT University, Hume City Council (VIC) and Gwydir Shire Council (NSW).

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