Enhancing social capital in children via school-based community cultural development projects : A pilot study

Buys, Laurie & Miller, Evonne (2009) Enhancing social capital in children via school-based community cultural development projects : A pilot study. International Journal of Education for the Arts, 10(3).

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This exploratory pilot study investigates the extent to which participating in a community cultural development (CCD) initiative builds social capital among children. An independent youth arts organisation implemented two cultural activities, developing a compact disc of original music and designing mosaic artworks for a library ourtyard, in two schools located in a socio-economically sisadvantaged area of South-East Queensland, Australia. After participation in the project, 39 primary school children aged 9 to 13 years completed a questionnaire measuring social capital. Findings support the role of CCD within schools for enhancing social capital in young people, identifying a range of positive impacts regarding self-concept, reciprocity, feelings of obligation, extended networks and trust. The results suggest that program components, such as facilitating ‘friendship’ connections between children and designing activities that incorporate the sharing of materials, equipment and tools to facilitate reciprocity, should be an important focus for developing arts programs within a social capital framework. The findings of this exploratory pilot study provides insight for others wishing to quantitatively measure social capital in children participating in arts programs, including the development of revised and generic Social Capital in Children Questionnaire designed specifically for evaluating arts projects.

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ID Code: 21171
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: community cultural development, social capital, children, arts
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Applied Sociology Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment (160801)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Institutes > Institute for Sustainable Resources
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 International Journal of Education for the Arts
Deposited On: 14 Jun 2009 23:10
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:56

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