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Social connections and adult learning: survey evidence

John Field

in Social capital and lifelong learning

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346551
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303374 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346551.003.0004
Social connections and adult learning: survey evidence

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This chapter considers the issues of values and behaviour, based on survey data on people's attitudes towards learning, and the way that these can be associated with their engagement in wider sets of social relationship. It explains that the core idea of social capital is the suggestion that people's connections have value because they allow people to cooperate for mutual benefit and to gain access to resources which they can then use. The chapter discusses that the Northern Ireland survey data confirm other studies which have found a link between social capital and lifelong learning. It demonstrates a positive association between attitudes towards civic engagement and adult learning.

Keywords: adult learning; values; behaviour; attitudes; social relationship; Northern Ireland; social capital; lifelong learning; civic engagement

Chapter.  7931 words. 

Subjects: Economic Sociology

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