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Socioeconomic contributions of adult learning to community: A social capital perspective

Balatti, J and Falk, I (2002). Socioeconomic contributions of adult learning to community: A social capital perspective. Adult Education Quarterly,52(4):281-298.

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Title Socioeconomic contributions of adult learning to community: A social capital perspective
Author Balatti, J
Falk, I
Journal Name Adult Education Quarterly
Publication Date 2002
Volume Number 52
Issue Number 4
ISSN 1552-3047   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 281
End Page 298
Total Pages 18
Publisher Sage
Field of Research 1301 - Education Systems
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract As an explanatory concept that relates skills and knowledge to economic outcomes, human capital has dominated for decades. Skills and knowledge are certainly central attributes of a learning society. Given the limitations of economy as a proxy for social well-being, however, two outstanding questions about the impact of adult learning on community linger: What are the multiple impacts of adult learning on community? How do these occur? To address these questions adequately, the theoretical construct of social capital is proving useful. This article examines the impacts of such a nebulous entity as adult learning on diverse socioeconomic domains, and it looks at how these impacts occur. Outcomes of learning are discussed against the eight Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development indicators of social well-being. Social capital-its networks, trust, and shared values-emerges as the missing link in explaining the integrated role of knowledge and identity resources in generating adult learning benefits.
Keywords education
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/074171302400448618   (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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