Social capital : an analytical tool for exploring lifelong learning and community development

Kilpatrick, Sue, Field, John and Falk, Ian 2003, Social capital : an analytical tool for exploring lifelong learning and community development, British educational research journal, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 417-433.

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Title Social capital : an analytical tool for exploring lifelong learning and community development
Author(s) Kilpatrick, Sue
Field, John
Falk, Ian
Journal name British educational research journal
Volume number 29
Issue number 3
Start page 417
End page 433
Publisher Carfax Pub. Co.
Place of publication [Oxford, England]
Publication date 2003
ISSN 0141-1926
Summary In her recent contribution to the British Educational Research Journal, Pauline McClenaghan identified the link between social capital and community development, particularly community development education, as a core area where scholarly and policy interests overlap. She concluded that the concept of social capital is unable to grapple with the complex social divisions that characterise contemporary Europe. The authors of this article question her account on three main grounds: the definition of social capital, which they hold is overly narrow, and does not deal with what Woolcock calls the ‘linking’ role of social networks; the presentation of the theoretical foundations of community development, which they believe is flawed in certain key respects; and a lack of clarity in the relationship between the research and the findings reported. The authors then present their own theoretically informed account of social capital as a means of understanding the role of community development, the challenges that it can face and the role of adult education for community development.
Language eng
Field of Research 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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