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Social capital in intergenerational meetings in compulsory schools in Sweden.
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Lifelong learning/Encell. (Encell)
2009 (English)In: Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, ISSN 1535-0770, E-ISSN 1535-0932, ISSN 1535-0770, Vol. 7, no 4, p. 425-441Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Intergenerational learning as an entity of lifelong learning and the creation of social capital in meetings between older men (class granddads) and the pupils within compulsory schools in Sweden is the focus of this paper. In a study of the class granddads project on behalf of the Association of Class Granddads and the Swedish National Agency for Education, 19 different schools in Greater Stockholm were studied. These men, who come to the school for the sake of the children, are to be considered as a human resource that is at the disposal of the school, the classes, and the teachers concerned. Questions were constructed to measure parts of social capital. One of these factors is security, which has been described as being where one feels secure in school, but also involves being provided with assistance by other persons in the organization. Norms and structures indicate whether there is peace and quiet in the classroom. Cooperation and solidarity and good communication between the various parties in the organization are also part of the social capital in a group or an organization. A total of 788 pupils have provided responses to the same questions. It is possible to construct indicators for social capital in the relationships between people in a school. The results show that the work of the class granddad, both together with the teacher and outside during the breaks, also influences, in a positive way, the social capital between the pupils and the teacher. the work of the teacher is very greatly influenced by the relationships between the pupils in the group. 

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London: Routledge , 2009. Vol. 7, no 4, p. 425-441
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social capital, intergenerational learning, compulsory schooling
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-12896DOI: 10.1080/15350770903289009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-12896DiVA, id: diva2:344203
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