In this presentation, I will talk about the findings from a Delphi study that explored the perspectives of 24 experts from around the world in a two-round iterative online survey conducted between August and December 2020. The presentation will discuss the areas of agreement and disagreement with regards to utilising social capital in interventions for promoting young people’s mental health.
Dr. Villalonga-Olives will talk about how to collect data on social capital using questionnaires. She will present on the challenges to measure social capital, the development and adaptation of questionnaires to collect data, the problems of differential item functioning and discuss solutions to these problems.
The seminar will look at the role of social capital in education access and success - K12 and higher education using a Bordieuan understanding of the role of the education system in reproducing social inequality. The seminar will explore how the concept of social capital as a non-financial factor can help us to understand higher education access for people from ‘marginalised’ or ‘disadvantaged groups’ and what policy implications arise from these understandings. The presentation will look at previous research, as well as a case study in a developing country context in the Caribbean. In addition, the possibilities and limitations to extend the concept of social capital in a plural, postcolonial society will be discussed.
This presentation will provide a brief history of the concept of social capital, paying special attention to its development in educational research. Using research on reading as a focal point, it will argue that commonly cited limitations of social capital as a concept are likely responsible for the concept’s relatively slow uptake in areas of research that draw on psychological theories and methods. Practical examples will be provided. The presentation will conclude by making tentative recommendations for improving the use of the concept in educational research.