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Social investment...fact or fiction

conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Helen Heery, LM Mcluskie, Mark Sinclair
Australia’s youth rank only fifteenth in the OECD in their levels of post-compulsory schooling retention. Early school leavers are more likely than their counterparts, who complete at least twelve years of schooling, to experience short and long term unemployment, lower average salaries, incarceration in prisons and poor health. In the Queensland context the present investment in The Education and Training Reforms of the Future (State of Queensland, 2002) initiatives is designed to enhance engagement in postcompulsory schooling and further, it is intended to boost social capital resources and contribute to national productivity and innovation. This paper will explore common understandings of the concepts of social and human capital in the knowledge economy and investigate the connections between the two. It will examine how these concepts are embedded in the ETRF and draw some conclusions concerning the validity of the premises upon which its proposals are based. While it may appear that social investment inevitably results in enhancement of human and social capital, this is an assumption yet to be scrutinised.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Start Page

1

End Page

9

Number of Pages

9

Start Date

01/01/2003

Finish Date

01/01/2003

ISSN

1176-4902

Location

Auckland, N.Z.

Publisher

Australian Association for Research in Education

Place of Publication

Coldstream, Vic.

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Conference; Conference; Faculty of Education and Creative Arts; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

New Zealand Association for Research in Education. Conference.;Australian Association for Research in Education. Conference.

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