International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Relationship between Education and Social Capital
Sadegh Bafandeh Imandoust

Abstract
Social capital is a sociological concept, which refers to connections within and between social networks. Social capital has been considered in this paper as one of developing links between country development and education. Researcher believes that the open distance education can affects quality and quantity of social capital in country. A focus on social capital allows for a closer examination of capacity of individuals and groups for making linkages among themselves and with organizations at the local or national level. Our point is that rule of distance education in social capital promotion have been neglected by researchers and decision makers. In this paper, we develop our argument first by describing social capital and learning community. Then describe how distance education communities can improve social capital and socioeconomic development. Payame Noor University with more than 450 branches through the country has potential capacity for improving social capital via social community webs.

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