ERIC Number: ED463427
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Sleight of Hand: Job Myths, Literacy and Social Capital. CRLRA Discussion Paper.
The relationships existing among human capital theory, Australian public policy, literacy education, and the plight of Australia's long-term unemployed were examined. The following topics were considered: human capital theory-based public policies and literacy education; social capital and learning; building and using social capital; the "social justice" and "social coalition" approaches to policy; and the notion of "mutual obligation" in social welfare policies. Next, a case study of the effects of policy changes on the long-term unemployed was discussed. The findings of the study, which involved interviews with 23 people (including 15 long-term unemployed individuals who had been or were currently enrolled in adult literacy courses) were shown to support the following conclusions: (1) to be successful, welfare policy related to unemployed persons must address both human and social capital elements; (2) although the skills associated with human capital are important in accessing and controlling the kinds of social factors that come with globalization, they are not enough to prepare individuals to cope with the knowledge explosion accompanying globalization; and (3) adults requiring the "second chance" learning provided in adult literacy and communication education need help in developing the networks, social norms, and trust that is included in the concept of building social capital. (Contains 29 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Case Studies, Community Education, Definitions, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Educational Principles, Employment Level, Employment Patterns, Employment Problems, Foreign Countries, Global Approach, Human Capital, Influences, Lifelong Learning, Literacy Education, Policy Formation, Public Policy, Role of Education, Social Capital, Social Influences, Social Services, Trend Analysis, Unemployment, Well Being
For full text: http://www.crlra.utas.edu.au/files/discussion/2001/D14-2001.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; United Kingdom; United States