ERIC Number: ED463426
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Social Capital: An Analytical Tool for Exploring Lifelong Learning and Community Development. CRLRA Discussion Paper.
Kilpatrick, Sue; Field, John; Falk, Ian
The possibility of using the concept of social capital as an analytical tool for exploring lifelong learning and community development was examined. The following were among the topics considered: (1) differences between definitions of the concept of social capital that are based on collective benefit and those that define social capital as a resource used for the benefit of those individuals with access to it; (2) community development and community division; (3) the role of the concept of social capital in theories of community development; (4) the role of the concept of social capital in research into community development education; and (5) social capital and social cohesion. A social capital framework for analyzing community development was proposed. The framework called for considering the following items when analyzing community development, including adult education: (1) the balance between internal and external networks; (2) the presence and diversity of brokers who are able to operationalize the bridging and linking of networks; (3) the levels of self-confidence and self-esteem of community members and skills in working together, including conflict resolution; (4) norms present in the community (especially norms of inclusion/exclusion and reciprocity); and (5) the extent to which the community of analysis has shared visions for its future. (Contains 60 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Community Attitudes, Community Characteristics, Community Development, Community Education, Community Resources, Definitions, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Learning Theories, Lifelong Learning, Linking Agents, Models, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Research Methodology, Social Capital, Social Integration, Social Networks, Social Support Groups, Social Values, Theory Practice Relationship
For full text: http://www.crlra.utas.edu.au/files/discussion/2001/D13-2001.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: Tasmania Univ., Launceston (Australia). Centre for Learning & Research in Regional Australia.
Identifiers - Location: Australia