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Social capital, children and young people
Implications for practice, policy and research

Julie Allan, Ralph Catts
Paperback, 248 pages, 234 x 156 mm
Other formats available
25 Apr 2012


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"The research presented in this book provides an engaging and passionate contribution to the debate around issues of social mobility, inclusion and equality... useful to education policy makers and practitioners, as well as those interested in these issues and social capital theory."
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"This timely book makes a valuable contribution to the critical debate about social capital, while exploring its operation in schools and communities, and raising powerful considerations for policy makers."
Jenny Ozga, Oxford University Department of Education
"It is heartening to see such careful and honest application of the notion of social capital to educational issues. This book makes important Scottish evidence available to a wider audience."
Professor Tom Schuller, Director, Longview

About This Book

Social capital, children and young people is about the relationships and networks - social capital - that children and young people have in and out of school.

Social capital has become of increasing interest to policy makers but there has been little evidence of how it operates in practice. In this unique collection, the social capital of children and young people, and in one case parents and teachers, is explored in a wide range of formal and informal settings.

The contributors to the book, who include academic researchers and educational professionals, provide in-depth accounts of social capital being developed and used by children and young people. They offer critical reflections on the significance of social capital and on the experiences of researching the social capital of sometimes vulnerable people.

This book is essential reading for anyone concerned with how children and young people get along, get by and get on.

Author Biography

Julie Allan is Professor of Education and Deputy Head of the School of Education, University of Stirling, Scotland. She is also Visiting Professor at the University of Borås, Sweden. Ralph Catts is a research consultant and previously was a senior research fellow in the School of Education, University of Stirling, and was the Senior Research Fellow for the Schools and Social Capital Network within the Applied Educational Research Scheme in Scotland.


Part I Social capital and inclusion
Evaluating an inclusive education programme: lessons in transient social capital ~ Beth Cross, Julie Allan and Dorothy McDonald
Inclusion of pupils from refugee families ~ Geri Smyth, George MacBride, Grace Paton and Nathalie Sheridan
Social capital in the lives of young carers ~ Monica Barry
Youth club connections ~ Marion Allison and Ralph Catts
Commentary: social capital and inclusion: implications for practice ~ George MacBride
Part II Social capital in and out of school
Social capital transitions of 'Get Ready For Work' trainees ~ Janine Muldoon and Ralph Catts
Social capital, diversity and inclusion: lessons from one primary school ~ Rowena Arshad and Susan Maclennan
Transitions to secondary schooling: a social capital perspective ~ Kevin Stelfox and Ralph Catts
Multiple capitals and Scottish independent schools: the (re)production of advantage ~ Bob Lingard, Joan Forbes, Gaby Weiner and John Horne
Commentary: schools and social capital: implications for practice ~ Rowena Arshad
Social capital for young people in educational and social policy, practice and research ~ Ralph Catts and Julie Allan.


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