A social capital inventory for adult literacy learners (2011)

The purpose of this study, undertaken by researchers at the University of Ottawa, was to assess the current scholarship on adult learning and social capital with specific attention to research in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States. This review provided the foundation to develop a new measure called the Social Capital Inventory (SCI), and to pilot it in a six-week program designed to prepare adults for positions as custodians in hospitals or schools.

While definitions of the term “social capital” vary, it is usually described as the network of social connections that exist between people, and the shared values and norms that encourage social cooperation.

The authors note that adult and workplace learning has often been seen strictly as a means for increasing wages and productivity. However, with the need for greater social inclusion of such subgroups as marginalized adults and workers with low skills, it has now become important to look beyond straightforward measures of earning, and move towards measures of learning.

While the understanding of the non-economic returns to learning is vastly underdeveloped, the authors say that some early evidence does seem to indicate that learning produces social as well as economic returns to individuals firms and society at large.

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Maurice Taylor, David Trumpower and Ivana Pavic. A social capital inventory for adult literacy learners 2011. Web. 29 Nov. 2022 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/mtaylor/social_capital_inventory/social_capital_inventory.pdf>
Maurice Taylor, David Trumpower & Ivana Pavic (2011). A social capital inventory for adult literacy learners. Retrieved November 29, 2022, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/mtaylor/social_capital_inventory/social_capital_inventory.pdf
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