Graduation Year


Date of Submission


Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


International Relations

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Lisa Koch


Social Capital - although a relatively new term that became popularized in the 1990s, has been shown to be an invaluable concept that has shifted innovative thinkers from thinking less about the financial capital outcomes of a project, and more about its social capital outcomes. The concept refers to the dimensions of society that allow for mutually beneficial cooperative behavior even if it serves a person no financial profit. It analyzes elements such as trust, cultural norms, civic engagement, social networks, and much more. In this thesis, two innovative and community-oriented pedagogical models originating from Latin America are compared based on their social capital: Escuela Nueva Activa (ENA) and Intercultural Bilingual Education System (SEIB). They were chosen based on the community-oriented nature of both models - affecting the community as well as the student. The pedagogical models are measured using the Social Structure perspective which holds three dimensions: structural, cognitive, and relational, along with the qualitative data collected from primary and secondary resources. The findings showed that the SIEB does better on the structural dimension of social capital. ENA does better on the relational dimension of social capital. Both models score high on the cognitive dimension of social capital. This shows that a great emphasis was placed on the cognitive dimensions of social capital in the creations of these pedagogical models.