VETNET ECER 2001 Proceedings
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Ecclestone, Kathryn; Field, John 
Promoting social capital in a ‘risk society’: A new approach to emancipatory learning or a new moral authoritarianism?

The core idea of social capital theory is that social networks have value. Connections foster shared norms, trust, and reciprocity as a basis for cooperation towards common ends. In contrast with physical, financial, and human capital, social capital comprises relationships and collectivities. Social capital is attractive both to empirical researchers and to those interested in policy development. In the context of vocational education and training, it appeals to those anxious to promote an education that is more emancipatory and empowering than instrumental approaches based on human capital thinking. The paper will take the form of a debate about the concept of social capital and refer also to empirical evidence in relation to: · achievement and participation in education and training; · the concept's normative assumptions; · its connection with authoritarian as well as liberal-humanistic · policy responses; · its relationship with reflexive modernisation and risk society.


Complete reference:
Manning, Sabine; Dif, M'hamed (eds.). 2001. VETNET ECER 2001 proceedings: Current research in European vocational education and human resource development. Berlin: Wissenschaftsforum Bildung und Gesellschaft e.V. [Internet:].

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