ERIC Number: ED463425
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Socioeconomic Contributions of Adult Learning to Community: A Social Capital Perspective. CRLRA Discussion Paper.
Balatti, Jo; Falk, Ian
The socioeconomic contributions of adult learning to community were examined from a social capital perspective. The concepts of human capital and social capital were differentiated, and the relationship between learning, human capital, and social capital was explored. The relevance of social capital in describing the wider benefits of adult learning was illustrated through the examples of a study of the impact of the adult and community education (ACE) sector on communities and society in Victoria, Australia, and a study of a group of African women refugees located in a suburb of a large Australian capital city. The studies documented wider benefits of ACE in the following areas: health; education and learning; employment and quality of working life; time and leisure; command over goods and services; physical environment; social environment; and personal safety. Social capital building was shown to be implicated in effective adult learning in the following ways: (1) social capital is involved in program design, management, and delivery whether it is explicitly recognized as such or not; (2) the processes of drawing on and building social capital are part and parcel of the learning process; and (3) social capital can be a direct or indirect benefit of learning. (Contains 27 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Programs, Community Development, Community Education, Context Effect, Definitions, Educational Benefits, Educational Environment, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Human Capital, Lifelong Learning, Postsecondary Education, Program Design, Refugees, Research Methodology, Research Utilization, Role of Education, Social Capital, Social Support Groups, Socioeconomic Influences, Socioeconomic Status, Teacher Student Relationship, Theory Practice Relationship, Well Being
For full text: http://www.crlra.utas.edu.au/files/discussion/2001/D10-2001.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tasmania Univ., Launceston (Australia). Centre for Learning & Research in Regional Australia.
Identifiers: Africans; Australia (Victoria); Impact Studies
Note: Paper presented at the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA) Education Research Conference, "Wider Benefits of Learning: Understanding and Monitoring the Consequences of Adult Learning" (Lisbon, Portugal, September 13-16, 2001).