Comparative study of social capital and psychological capital among the Students of Conventional and Distance Education Universities

Document Type : Original Article


Faculty of Education, University of Payam Noor Gilan


The purpose of this study was to compare the social capital of traditional and distance education students was psychological capital. This research was comparative and population of traditional and distance education students in the academic year 94-93. Data from students of Payam Noor University of Tehran, Gilan and Ardebil (395) and the traditional University, Tehran University, Gilan University and Mohaghegh Ardabili (384) with multi-stage cluster sampling distribution ratio were collected. To collect data, questionnaires and psychological capital was social capital. To analyze the data, multivariate analysis of variance and discriminant analysis were used. The results showed that the social capital of traditional distance education universities is lower and there is no significant difference between psychological capital. The results also showed that the dimensions of social capital, social trust scores three variables, scientific collaboration and social networking among students of traditional universities and distance learning there is a significant difference And these variables able to predict membership in traditional universities and their education.


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