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Informal Learning in Youth Work

Informal Learning in Youth Work

Other Titles in:
Adolescence | Child Advocacy | Youth Work

May 2008 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Informal Learning in Youth Work offers fresh perspectives on all aspects of informal education in the youth work setting. Designed to develop the reader's knowledge and skills, this comprehensive textbook explores key issues such as communication, power relations, ethics, gender exclusion, sexuality, race discrimination, and social class. The author places particular emphasis on conversation as a key means of promoting informal learning and engaging effectively with young people.

Key Features
  • Provides case studies that illustrate the application of theory to 'real-life' practice
  • Emphasizes critical reflection and includes reflective questions
  • Offers an easily accessible style, with key terms and tips for further reading
  • Presents a four-part structure guiding the reader through different stages of conversations and relationships in informal education

Informal Learning in Youth Work provides a unique combination of theoretical analysis and practice tips. Satisfying training and course requirements in the area, it will be essential reading for all students on youth and community work courses, as well as those in allied fields such as education and social work. It is also a valuable reference for practitioners working with young people on a daily basis.

How to Use this Book
Informal Learning and Informal Education
Identity, Identity Politics and Rights
Social Inclusion and Exclusion
Challenging the `NEET` discourse

Personal Agendas
Reflective Practice in the Context of Diversity

Understanding Young People
Boundaries in Practice
`It's Boring'... How Do Youth Workers Engage?
Safe Space and Identity-Based Groupwork
The Voluntary Relationship
Competence, Negotiation and Accompaniment

Friendship and Professionalism
Animation, Informal Education and Creativity
Silence, Bullying and Despair
Youth Work Responses

Silence, Spirit and Solidarity
Resources for Practice

Youth Work, Democracy and Participation
Community Cohesion and Transversal Politics

A very helpful overview of some of the fundamental issues and debates in youth and community work. It will be useful reading for our first year students who are developing into professional practitioners. The discussion points, key terms and further reading are clear and helpful.

Ms Sue Westwood
Other, De Montfort University
September 24, 2010

For a new training MA starting Sept 2010 excellent does what it says on the tin

Ms Ursula Curwen
Social Science , Edge Hill University
November 13, 2009

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction PDF

Janet R Batsleer

Janet Batsleer studied English at Cambridge and was a researchstudent at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham, when Professor Stuart Hall was Director. She worked as a youth and community worker for ten years before taking up a post as Lecturer in Youth and Community Work at Manchester Polytechnic in 1986. She has taught and conducted research in youth and community work since then, and was part of the team which established a Women's Studies M.A. at MMU,which ran successfully during the 1990's. Her research has focussed on anti-racist and feminist approaches to youth work; on the theory and practice... More About Author

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