Lifelong learning and social capital are interconnected, in the sense that social capital influences lifelong learning, which in turn affects social capital. Nowadays, lifelong learning practices are changing into innovative learning spaces. Therefore, this study examines how characteristics of blended learning environments, such as learning support and constructivist learning activities, are related to adult learners’ social capital. The results show that non-native and younger adults perceive more benefits regarding social capital. Concerning learning support, peer and transfer support are positively related to social capital, whereas instructional support negatively influences social capital. Constructivist learning activities, and especially the extent to which learners’ needs are met, enhance adult learners’ social capital. In other words, this study highlights the importance of characteristics of the blended learning environment in order to foster adult learners’ social capital.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImagining diverse futures for adult education: questions of power and resources of creativity
PublisherESREA - European Society for Research on the Education of Adults
Pages27-27
Number of pages1
StatePublished - Sep 2016
Event8th Triennial Conference European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA) - Ireland

Conference

Conference8th Triennial Conference European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA)
CountryIreland
Period8/09/1611/09/16

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