Social Capital and Academic Achievement of Nigerian Youths in Urban Communities: A Narrative Perspective

Nwogu, G.A., Mmeka, I. E

Abstract


It is increasingly recognized that families and the society are important in helping youths develop the knowledge and skills they need to obtain technologically sophisticated jobs, which are an emerging part of the global economy. Therefore, this paper adopted social capital as a framework for promoting educational achievement of Nigerian youths in urban communities. The paper began with a critical overview of the basic tenets of social capital and education in the life of the youths in urban communities. The paper also engaged in an extensive discussion of the relevance of both society social capital and family social capital on academic achievement. The paper further discussed vividly the concerns around ethics of care in utilizing social capital. Finally, the paper was concluded with an emphasis that social capital’s concrete benefits for education can be seen as higher achievement on tests, higher graduate rates, lower dropout rates, higher college enrollment, and greater participation in school and community organizations. As such, the paper recommended that policies designed to promote educational achievement should extend beyond the institutions and seek to strengthen social capital in the family and the society at large.

 

Keywords: Correlation, Social Capital, Academic Achievement, Youths


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