Andragology and social capital theory: the implications for human resource development

Joseph Kessels, Rob F. Poell

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The problem and the solution. This article portrays a perspective from andragogy, individual learning, and social capital theory as a contribution to the discussion on the relationship between adult learning theory and human resource development (HRD). Andragogy and social capital theory may offer a contribution to transforming the traditional workplace into a conducive learning environment, emphasizing the importance of social networks, partnerships, collaboration, interaction, and knowledge sharing. Social capital provides the network of meaningful relationships that helps learning integrate into the day-to-day work environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-157
Number of pages11
JournalAdvances in developing human resources
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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