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Social capital as basis for evaluating sustainability with Cataluna's telecentre: building a good practice model/EL CAPITAL SOCIAL COMO FUNDAMENTO PARA LA EVALUACION DE LA SOSTENIBILIDAD PARA LOS TELECENTROS DE CATALUNA: LA CONSTRUCCION DEL REFERENTE DE BUENA PRACTICA.

Telecentre offer communities great opportunities for increasing flexible access to ICT. But not only. They offer places where people meet, generate new ideas, opportunities for change are offered and, in some cases, are a vital and integral part of the social infrastructure of the community. The main objective of this investigation is to propose social capital the key to generate sustainable actions within Cataluna's XPT [Xarxa Punt TIC] network of telecentres.

Specific objectives of this study are the following: (1) to propose a battery of sustainability indicators for telecentres; (2) to design and validate an instrument measuring social capital in telecentres; (3) to describe and evaluate actions developed to implement sustainability in Cataluna's telecentres; (4) to elaborate a model of good practice for sustainability in XPT's.

On a theoretical level, this study develops a view on telecentres which is both, actual and global, covering their objectives, models, services, needs and challenges. It intends to offer a detailed analysis of the dimensions of sustainability, to propose six dimensions of sustainability and to elaborate on the factors which have an impact on it. Social capital contribution will thus be looked at in terms of its development, potential and measure, as applied to the socio-educational dimension of the telecentres. At the end of this phase, the various possibilities offered by the social capital to the sustainability of telecentres should emerge.

An instrument was created thereafter, with the intent of creating a social capital profile of the telecentres and identify those actions which reinforce or increase its sustainability. Both types of results have allowed us to build a model of good sustainability practices based on experiences made by the five telecentres of the XPT network.

We consider that sustainability in telecentres is possible thanks to their appropriation by the community benefitting from it, as well as the relationships existing between policymaking agents, community leaders and the various entities constituting the community. Thus, sustainability is finally the intertwining of networks based on trust, proximity and horizontality generated within. It's the concept of social capital which allows an in-depth analysis of all those networks.

Thus, social capital is generated via connectivity of structures which are both participatory and integrated, as for example networks of proximity and horizontality. It is created by the capacity of people to connect with others in the community. For them, these telecentres have become a vital and integral part of the local community's social infrastructure.

DOI: 10.7179/PSRI_2018.3115

Autor: Paloma Valdivia Vizarreta.

Director: Xavier Ucar.

Departamento/Instituto: Departamento y/o Universidad de presentacion y defensa: Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Facultat d'educacio. Departament de pedagogia Sistematica i socialde l'Educacio.

Fecha de defensa: 2017.

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Title Annotation:THESIS ABSTRACT
Author:Vizarreta, Paloma Valdivia
Publication:Pedagogia Social
Article Type:Resena de libro
Date:Jan 1, 2018
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