ERIC Number: ED444775
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Groups of Groups: The Role of Group Learning in Building Social Capital. CRLRA Discussion Paper Series.
Kilpatrick, Sue; Bell, Rowena; Falk, Ian
The Centre for Research and Learning in Regional Australia is investigating the elements of social capital and developing a set of indicators that show when social capital is building. The indicators can be used where groups or organizations with a shared purpose engage in productive interactions that benefit not only the individual member groups but also the "learning community" as a whole. The intention is that the indicators will be applicable to geographic communities, professional or common interest communities, such as professional associations, and groups of businesses such as Executive Link[TM], the subject of this paper. Executive Link consists of farm businesses that meet for nonformal training in several chapters in eastern Australia. Each chapter consists of about six farm businesses and their owner/managers who share their business management expertise. Executive Link appears to have features of a learning community, including a shared purpose and learning interactions across the boundaries of individual member businesses and chapters. This paper identifies networks, commitments, and shared values as the elements of social capital that contribute to the quality of learning interactions. Suggested indicators of social capital building include development of a shared language, shared experiences, trust, self-development, and an identification with the community. (Contains 25 references.) (Author/TD)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Cooperative Programs, Farm Management, Farmers, Foreign Countries, Group Dynamics, Informal Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Learning Experience, Rural Areas, Rural Development, Small Businesses, Social Capital, Social Networks
Full text at Web site: http://www.crlra.utas.edu.au.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tasmania Univ., Launceston (Australia). Center for Research and Learning in Regional Australia.
Identifiers - Location: Australia