ERIC Number: ED363953
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Social Capital: The Foundation for Education.
Issues in Restructuring Schools, n5 Fall 1993
This "issue report" contains three articles centered around the concept of "social capital", and the role of the schools in community revitalization. "Social captial" consists of organizational networks of communication and shared values that provide collective support for adults and youth in a community. In "Social Capital and the Rebuilding of Communities," Gary G. Wehlage offers a more complete definition of social capital, showing its importance to a productive adult life and to the education of youth. "Community Partnerships Bring Community Revitalization," by Karen Prager, and an interview with Carlos Azcoitia, principal of John Spry Community School of Chicago, provide information on actual school-community projects. In Surrey County, Virginia, citizens have worked for 25 years to improve schools an other public facilities, stimulated by the National Association of Southern Poor. In Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania and other institutions have established cooperative ventures to enhance social services, such as the West Philadelphia Improvement Corps (WEPIC). In Chicago, an elementary school principal has convinced churches, clubs, and other community organizations to support the school. (LMI)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center on Organization and Restructuring of Schools, Madison, WI.