ERIC Number: ED461470
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Benefits for All: How Learning in Agriculture Can Build Social Capital in Island Communities. CRLRA Discussion Paper Series.
Kilpatrick, Sue; Falk, Ian
Social capital helps communities respond positively to change. Research into managing change through learning in communities and in small businesses, particularly farm businesses, has highlighted the importance of relationships between people and the formal and informal structure of communities to the quality of outcomes experienced by communities. Communities can be geographic communities or communities-of-common-purpose, such as agricultural commodity organizations or discussion groups. This paper reviews research into managing change through learning and social capital, presents a model of the simultaneous building and use of social capital, and explores the ways in which learning as part of an agricultural community can be used to bring benefits to isolated geographic communities. The model presented stems from studies in Tasmania (Australia) of the informal learning process that builds resilient communities. The two-stage model conceptualizes the way in which social capital is used and built in interactions among individuals. The first stage depicts social capital at the micro level of one-on-one interactions, focusing on knowledge resources and identity resources (identification with and commitment to the community). The second stage of the model outlines the interrelationship of micro-level social capital processes with community-level and societal-level social capital resources. (Contains 54 references.) (Author/SV)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Community Change, Community Development, Community Resources, Experiential Learning, Farmers, Foreign Countries, Human Resources, Informal Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Models, Organizations (Groups), Rural Areas, Rural Development, Social Capital, Social Networks
For full text: http://www.crlra.utas.edu.au/files/discussion/2001/Island pa per.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tasmania Univ., Launceston (Australia). Centre for Learning & Research in Regional Australia.
Identifiers - Location: Australia