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Leadership and social capital: engaging small Australian communities in development and implementation of learning plans

journal contribution
posted on 2023-05-19, 21:54 authored by Stuart AucklandStuart Auckland, Susan KilpatrickSusan Kilpatrick
The paper explores the processes by which two Australian rural communities established Community Learning Plans (CLPs). It acknowledges the role of CLPs as contributors to social and economic change through influencing employment rates, income equity, social cohesion and reduction in poverty. In addressing the research question: What factors contribute to the effective development and implementation of a CLP in a small rural community? The paper reveals the importance of evidence and clarity of vision such as improved social and economic outcomes as core rationales for triggering the development of CLPs. The analysis of leadership and social capital resources drawn upon from trigger for a CLP through initiation, development and reflection to sustainable embedding in community, reveals the interplay between formal community leadership structures such as Council, community members, education, business, training and social services, and external actors as a predicator of communities’ ability to enact CLPs. Maturity of social capital resources and leadership processes and resources influence the development and implementation of plans in alignment with community needs and aspirations. The paper advocates for reward and recognition frameworks to help connect, engage and sustain stakeholder groups into community learning initiatives through providing relevance to their business or activity.


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Publication title

International Journal of Lifelong Education










School of Health Sciences



Place of publication

United Kingdom

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Socio-economic Objectives

Learner and learning not elsewhere classified; Equity and access to education; Other education and training not elsewhere classified