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Social capital: an analytical tool for exploring lifelong learning and community development

Kilpatrick, Sue, Field, John and Falk, Ian (2003). Social capital: an analytical tool for exploring lifelong learning and community development. British Educational Research Journal,29(3):417-433.

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Title Social capital: an analytical tool for exploring lifelong learning and community development
Author Kilpatrick, Sue
Field, John
Falk, Ian
Journal Name British Educational Research Journal
Publication Date 2003
Volume Number 29
Issue Number 3
ISSN 0141-1926   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 417
End Page 433
Total Pages 17
Place of Publication UK
Publisher Routledge
Field of Research 1399 - Other Education
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract In her recent contribution to the British Educational Research Journal, Pauline McClenaghan identified the link between social capital and community development, particularly community development education, as a core area where scholarly and policy interests overlap. She concluded that the concept of social capital is unable to grapple with the complex social divisions that characterise contemporary Europe. The authors of this article question her account on three main grounds: the definition of social capital, which they hold is overly narrow, and does not deal with what Woolcock calls the 'linking' role of social networks; the presentation of the theoretical foundations of community development, which they believe is flawed in certain key respects; and a lack of clarity in the relationship between the research and the findings reported. The authors then present their own theoretically informed account of social capital as a means of understanding the role of community development, the challenges that it can face and the role of adult education for community development.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01411920301859   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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