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Adult, Community and Public Education As Primary Sites for the Development of Social Capital

Townsend, Robert A (2006) Adult, Community and Public Education As Primary Sites for the Development of Social Capital. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, Volume 46 (Number 2). pp. 153-174. ISSN 1443-1394

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Abstract

This article reviews current literature and discussion about the policies and sites of Australian adult education and training and their potential impact on the development of social capital in a regional context. The review stems from a current research project examining the impact of participation in adult education by people from diverse cultural backgrounds in a regional town in northern Victoria. There is evidence that adult education can transform individuals via access to new knowledge and skills, but can it impact on the social cohesiveness of groups, communities and regions in Australian society? Access and equity policies and strategies form the centre of adult, community and public education in Australia and it is time for these to be significantly reviewed in the context of a culturally diverse twenty first century society.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: adult education, social capital
Subjects: RFCD Classification > 330000 Education
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
Depositing User: Mr Robert A Townsend
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2006
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2011 05:12
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/477
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