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

Balatti, Jo, and Falk, Ian (2002) Socioeconomic contributions of adult learning to community: a social capital perspective. Adult Education, 4 (52). pp. 281-298.

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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.

Item ID: 888
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: socioecomonics, adult & continuing education, community, social capital perspective
ISSN: 0001-849X
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2006
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education 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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