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Social Capital or Phony Capital?

Posted By: Dick Schutz on September 25, 2010
Where is the payoff in this study? It's interesting to read the anecdotes, but the schools are idiosyncratic. It's clear that the "circle the wagons" against the district provided a shelter for a more cohesive collective than the "get all the outside help we can" put additional pressure on the teachers. But these decisions were dependent upon the specific personnel involved and can't be generalized or replicated?

Other than generating different sociogram patterns, did the different social interactions make any difference? These were "turnaround" schools. Did they turn around? We're not told. But given the string of IES "no impact" studies, the odds are high that they didn't.

Maybe I'm missing something, but what the article says to me is that Social Capital theory paid off only for the researchers.

Dick Schutz
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 Social Capital or Phony Capital? by Dick Schutz on September 25, 2010
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