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Identification of social capital for understanding and raising plant biosecurity awareness, knowledge and actions

Mudita, Wayan I. and Natonis, R. L. (2008). Identification of social capital for understanding and raising plant biosecurity awareness, knowledge and actions. Learning Communities: international journal of learning in social contexts,(2):156-168.

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Title Identification of social capital for understanding and raising plant biosecurity awareness, knowledge and actions
Author Mudita, Wayan I.
Natonis, R. L.
Journal Name Learning Communities: international journal of learning in social contexts
Publication Date 2008
Issue Number 2
ISSN 1329-1440   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 156
End Page 168
Total Pages 13
Place of Publication Darwin, NT, Australia
Publisher Social Patnerships in Learning Research Consortium - Learning Research Group, Charles Darwin University
Field of Research 1301 - Education Systems
1303 - Specialist Studies in Education
1399 - Other Education
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Social capital is increasingly used as a comprehensive approach for overcoming complex problems. In this study, a social capital approach was used to increase understanding and improve interest, knowledge and implementation of biosecurity measures. This study was conducted from May to July 2007. Data was gathered through household surveys and field observations in Noelbaki village, Kupang District, Nusa Tenggara Timur. Results of the analysis indicate that some variables of social capital relate closely to knowledge and implementation of biosecurity measures. However, variables that relate to a single aspect of biosecurity may not necessarily have any relationship with other aspects. The level of ‘interest’ has a positive correlation with the number of collective activities occurring and the level of participation in these collective activities. Interest also increases with frequency of communication and total information sources accessible by members of the community. ‘Knowledge’ improves with involvement in an increased number of community groups, increased collaborative activities and greater cooperation. Knowledge levels also improve where information is sought from a greater number of stakeholders and the time needed for transfer of information is decreased. Finally, community members will be more willing to participate in ‘implementation’ of control measures if they are involved in a greater number of groups, have increased communication with other stakeholders, the time needed to access information is decreased and more information sources are accessible.
Additional Notes This article has been extracted from Learning Communities: international journal of learning in social contexts, Issue 2, June 2008
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