Social capital outcomes: the new focus for adult literacy and numeracy courses

Black, Stephen, Balatti, Jo, and Falk, Ian (2006) Social capital outcomes: the new focus for adult literacy and numeracy courses. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 46 (3). pp. 317-336.

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Abstract

Since the early 1990s in Australia, adult literacy and numeracy courses in vocational education and training (VET) have been focused on human capital outcomes, that is, on developing the literacy and numeracy skills believed to improve the economic performance of individuals, enterprises and the national generally. However, some researchers have expressed the concern that these outcomes are insufficient in explaining the socio-economic impacts of these courses. This paper reports on a recent study of the social capital outcomes of adult literacy and numeracy courses (Balatti, Black & Falk, 2006). The finding indicate that it is a complex mix of both human and social capital outcomes from these courses that results in socio-economic impacts. The authors contend that social capital outcomes should be recognized, and accounted for, along with human capital skills, in a reframing of adult literacy and numeracy policy and practice.

Item ID: 3661
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: social capital; adult literacy and numeracy
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Reproduced with permission from Australian Journal of Adult Learning. © Australian Journal of Adult Learning.

ISSN: 1443-1394
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2009 23:03
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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