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Learning in agriculture : building social capital in island communities

Kilpatrick, Sue and Falk, Ian 2003, Learning in agriculture : building social capital in island communities, Local environment, vol. 8, no. 5, pp. 501-512.

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Title Learning in agriculture : building social capital in island communities
Author(s) Kilpatrick, Sue
Falk, Ian
Journal name Local environment
Volume number 8
Issue number 5
Start page 501
End page 512
Publisher Carfax Publishing Co.
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2003
ISSN 1354-9839
1469-6711
Summary Social capital helps communities respond positively to change. Research in agricultural businesses and into managing change through learning in communities has highlighted the importance of relationships between people and the formal and informal infrastructure of communities to the quality of outcomes experienced by communities, businesses and individuals. Communities can be geographic communities - the data drawn on in this paper are from an island community, for example or communities-of-common-purpose, such as agricultural organisations. This paper reviews research into managing change through learning and social capital, presents a model of the simultaneous building and use of social capital and explores the ways in which learning as part of an agricultural community can be used to bring benefits to geographic communities such as islands. The model presented in this paper stems from studies of the informal learning process that builds resilient communities. It conceptualises the way in which social capital is used and built in interactions between individuals. There are two stages to the model. The first stage depicts social capital at the micro level of one-on-one interactions where it is built and used. The second stage of the model is about the interrelationship of micro-level social capital processes with the community and societal-level social capital resources.
Language eng
Field of Research 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30020397

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