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Social capital theory: a cross-cutting analytic for teacher/therapist work in integrating children's services?

Forbes, Joan and McCartney, Elspeth (2010) Social capital theory: a cross-cutting analytic for teacher/therapist work in integrating children's services? Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 26 (3). pp. 335-346. ISSN 0265-6590

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Abstract

Reviewing relevant policy, this article argues that the current 'integration interlude' is concerned with reformation of work relations to create new forms of 'social capital'. The conceptual framework of social capital has been used by government policy-makers and academic researchers to examine different types, configurations and qualities of relationships, including professional relations, and how these may function as resources. Focusing on the co-work of teachers and speech and language therapists, this analysis introduces social capital as a means of understanding the impact of integrating children's services on professional practitioner groups and across agencies. Social capital theory is compared to alternative theoretical perspectives such as systems and discourse theories and explored as an analytic offering a multi-level typology and conceptual framework for understanding the effects of policy and governance on interprofessional working and relationships. A previous application of social capital theory in a literature review is introduced and analysed, and instances of the additionality provided by a social capital analysis is offered. The article concludes that amongst the effects of current policy to re-design children's services are the reconstruction of professionals' knowledge/s and practices, so it is essential that such policy processes that have complex and far-reaching effects are transparent and coherent. It is also important that new social capital relations in children's services are produced by groups representative of all involved, importantly including those practitioner groups charged in policy to work differently together in future integrated services.

Item type: Article
ID code: 26749
Keywords: children's services, social capital theory, interprofessional, interagency, professional knowledges, professional identities, Special aspects of education, Child Health. Child health services, Education, Linguistics and Language, Clinical Psychology, Speech and Hearing, Developmental and Educational Psychology
Subjects: Education > Special aspects of education
Medicine > Pediatrics > Child Health. Child health services
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Speech and Language Therapy
Depositing user: Mr Alan Slevin
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2010 12:08
Last modified: 21 Jul 2015 14:50
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URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/26749

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