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Socioeconomic Contributions of Adult Learning to Community: A social Capital Perspective


Balatti, JM and Falk, IH, Socioeconomic Contributions of Adult Learning to Community: A social Capital Perspective, Adult Education Quarterly, 52, (4) pp. 281-298. ISSN 0741-7136 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/074171302400448618


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 netivorks, 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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Balatti, JM (Ms Josephine Balatti)
UTAS Author:Falk, IH (Associate Professor Ian Falk)
ID Code:25047
Year Published:2002
Web of Science® Times Cited:49
Deposited By:Centre for Research and Learning in Regional Aust
Deposited On:2002-08-01
Last Modified:2003-04-11

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