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Social Capital, Children and Young PeopleImplications for practice, policy and research$
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Julie Allan and Ralph Catts

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781847429285

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847429285.001.0001

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Commentary: schools and social capital: implications for practice

Commentary: schools and social capital: implications for practice

(p.199) Eleven Commentary: schools and social capital: implications for practice
Social Capital, Children and Young People

Rowena Arshad

Policy Press

In this commentary chapter, the author argues that schools make a difference in the lives of young people by expanding or limiting opportunities. While it is noted that poverty and social conditions in the community are central to the opportunities for young people, the author concludes that, by fostering bridging social capital with community agencies, schools can enhance outcomes for young people. The potential of linking social capital to provide opportunities for disadvantaged young people was evident, and the role of schools in enhancing equality of opportunities is affirmed.

Keywords:   school practice, diversity, outcomes, Scotland, case study social capital, policy, research

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