1st Edition

Social Capital, Lifelong Learning and the Management of Place An International Perspective

Edited By Michael Osborne, Kate Sankey, Bruce Wilson Copyright 2007
    260 Pages
    by Routledge

    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    With contributions from around the world, this book brings together inter-related research from three fields: social capital, place management and lifelong learning regions. Providing valuable insight into the management of place and the development of learning at a regional level, the book presents international research that underpins the development and implementation of policies and practices that improve the quality of living and working circumstances at both local and regional levels.

    International in scope and at the cutting edge of research into this growing field that links lifelong learning to place, the book will appeal both to academics undertaking research in this burgeoning field and to those involved in lifelong learning at local, national and international level.

    Section 1:  1. Introduction  2. The Question of Measurement: The Role of Quantitative Approaches  3.  Qualitative Research Legitimacy: What Counts as ‘Evidence’ for Policy Makers and Researchers Working Together?  Section 2: Social Capital  4. Researching Community Capital for Public Management  5. Community Efficacy and Social Capital: Modelling how Communities Deliver Outcomes for Members  6. Identity, Local Community and the Internet  7. The Empirics of Social Capital and Economic Development  Section 3: Learning Regions  8. Learning Regions, Co-operation and Networks: Network Analysis as a Tool for Evaluating Structures of Interaction in Continuing Education  9. Communities of Practice and Purpose: Making Knowledge Work in the University-Industry Interface  10. Learning Cape Aspirations: The Idea of a Learning Region and the Use of Indicators in a Middle-Income Country  11. Lifelong Learning: Institutionalisation and Regulating Mechanisms  Section 4: Place Management  12. Place Centric and Future Oriented Learning in the Local Village Context: Making the Village a Virtual Campus  13.  Cities as Engines of Growth  14. Policy Considerations to Address the Social Implications of Increased Commodification of Public Places  15. Community, Place and Learning 16. Lifelong Learning and Sustainable Development  Section 5:  17. Conclusions


    Michael Osborne is Co-Director of PASCAL Observatory at the Institute of Education, University of Stirling, UK.

    Kate Sankey is PASCAL Associate at the Institude of Education, University of Stirling, UK.

     Bruce Wilson is Co-Director of the PASCAL Observatory at the School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning, RMIT, Australia.

    "As one would expect, all the papers are of a high calibre... There is much here that is important, perceptive and new. This volume is an essential read for anyone interested in the regional role of education in social and economic regeneration." - Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning