Schools, social capital and space

Julie Allan*, Ralph Catts

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This paper reports on the significance of social capital in relation to education, exploring its relevance to teachers and other professionals as well as among young people. It draws on aspects of five case studies undertaken by the Schools and Social Capital Network, within the Applied Educational Research Scheme in Scotland. These case studies focused on: an Inclusive Learning Network of teachers and parents of disabled children and young people concerned with inclusion; students from refugee families in one primary and one secondary school, working in association with Asylum Seekers Support Project units; young participants in a local authority youth club; independent (private) schools and a Get Ready for Work Programme. A framework for accounting for bonding, bridging and linking social capital as practices was developed and space was an emergent theme from these case studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-228
Number of pages12
JournalCambridge Journal of Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 13 Feb 2014


  • inclusion
  • networks
  • social capital
  • space
  • trust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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