Constructing capacities: building capabilities through learning and engagement

Danaher, Patrick Alan and De George-Walker, Linda and Henderson, Robyn and Matthews, Karl J. and Midgley, Warren and Noble, Karen and Tyler, Mark A. and Arden, Catherine H., eds. (2012) Constructing capacities: building capabilities through learning and engagement. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. ISBN 1-4438-4179-X

Abstract

Constructing Capacities: Building Capabilities through Learning and Engagement explores several contemporary manifestations of individuals, groups and communities participating in varying types of learning and thereby engaging effectively and productively with their contexts and environments in order to build and develop their multiple capacities. Those capacities are seen as crucial to overcoming particular kinds of challenges and to attaining specific types of aspirations that are valued highly by the respective individuals, groups and communities.
Despite this common valuing of constructing capacities, we still know relatively little about how capacities can be built and enhanced in ways that are equitable, sustainable and transformative. Much of the literature highlights contextually specific factors that facilitate capacity building for particular groups of participants at specific times, and that are founded on demonstrated principles such as understanding and engaging with those participants’ respective aspirations, circumstances and needs. Yet what works to develop capabilities in one context might not succeed in another context, even with the same participants – generating momentum and achieving scale and sustainability are often challenges when seeking to build capacities.
For all these reasons, it is both timely and useful to extend contemporary understandings of capacities and how they can be constructed effectively and sustainably. The 14 chapters in this book take up this challenge by presenting theoretically framed and rigorously researched accounts of successful capacity-building in diverse educational settings, clustered around four foci:
* conceptualising and contextualising capacities
* constructing students' and teachers' capacities
* constructing workers' capacities
* constructing researchers' capacities.
These accounts generate new and important understandings of what capacities are, how they can be constructed and supported, and how they emhance positive outcomes for individuals and communities as well as nationally and globally.


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Item Type: Book (Commonwealth Reporting Category A)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. Cambridge Scholars 2012.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2013 06:16
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2017 01:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia, capacity-building, researcher capacities, student capacities, teacher capacities, worker capacities
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23017

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