Capacities, connections, capital and capabilities: considering bioecological and electrical engineering perspectives

De George-Walker, Linda and Matthews, Karl J. and Danaher, Patrick Alan (2012) Capacities, connections, capital and capabilities: considering bioecological and electrical engineering perspectives. In: Constructing capacities: building capabilities through learning and engagement. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, pp. 31-50. ISBN 1-4438-4179-X


Conceptualising and contextualising capacities are complex and contentious processes. This chapter charts possible courses through the maze of terminology, theories and techniques associated with the principles and practices of capacity-building across an array of scholarly disciplines and spheres of employment. Specifically the authors consider how multidisciplinary intersections among four key concepts–capacities, connections, capital and capabilities–are manifested in bioecological and electrical engineering models of capacity-building. The chapter also examines how identified convergences and divergences between the models simultaneously encapsulate wider debates about building capacities and constitute a rigorous and viable direction for enhancing existing approaches to conceptualising and contextualising this field of scholarship.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Chapter 2. c. Cambridge Scholars 2012.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2013 02:59
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2017 00:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: bioecological model, capabilities, capacities, capacity-building, capital, connections, electrical engineering model
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified

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