Article | European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults | Examining social inclusion and social capital among adult learners in blended and online learning environments

Title:
Examining social inclusion and social capital among adult learners in blended and online learning environments
Author:
Céline Cocquyt: Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium Nguyet A. Diep: Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium Chang Zhu: Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium Maurice De Greef: Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium Tom Vanwing: Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
DOI:
10.3384/rela.2000-7426.rela9111
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Year:
2017
Volume:
8
Issue:
1
Pages:
77-101
No. of pages:
25
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Published:
2017-01-27


New learning spaces and learning formats affected the learning and education of adults. In this respect, digitalisation is believed to reduce social exclusion. Moreover, adult education, social inclusion and social capital are positively related among adults. Therefore, this questionnaire study examines how adults who are engaged in online and blended learning perceived change in social inclusion and social capital. We conceptualised social inclusion as social participation and social connectedness, and social capital as bonding and bridging ties. In the case of blended adult learners, our results show positive perceptions of social inclusion and social capital. Those perceptions are less positive among the online adult learners. In both cases, non-natives experience a higher increase in social inclusion and social capital than natives. Hence, online and blended learning holds advantages for adults particularly non-natives: it enhances social inclusion and social capital.

Keywords: Adult education; online and blended learning; digitalisation; social inclusion; social capital

Volume 8, Issue: 1, Article 5, 2017

Author:
Céline Cocquyt, Nguyet A. Diep, Chang Zhu, Maurice De Greef, Tom Vanwing
Title:
Examining social inclusion and social capital among adult learners in blended and online learning environments:
DOI:
10.3384/rela.2000-7426.rela9111
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Volume 8, Issue: 1, Article 5, 2017

Author:
Céline Cocquyt, Nguyet A. Diep, Chang Zhu, Maurice De Greef, Tom Vanwing
Title:
Examining social inclusion and social capital among adult learners in blended and online learning environments:
DOI:
10.3384/rela.2000-7426.rela9111
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