Undervalued or Misunderstood: Youth Work and its contribution to Lifelong Learning.

Ken Harland, Anthony Morgan

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    This paper discusses the relevance of non formal educational experiences associated with youth work practice in Northern Ireland. It argues that while youth work is distinctly educational and involves constructive interventions with young people its role and contribution is often undervalued or misunderstood. Youth work plays a vital role in supporting young people through the increasingly prolonged and complex transition from youth to adulthood. While youth work sits within a theoretical framework of non formal education, its contribution to lifelong learning is perhaps of greater significance than has previously been recognised.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages201-214
    JournalJournal of Child and Youth Care Work
    Volume23
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010

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Field, J., (1997) “Globalisation, Social Capital and Lifelong Learning: Connections For Our Times.” Conference on Active Citizenship and Adult Education. (ESREA-Strobl), 8-12 September. Field, J., Francis, H.,Schuller, T., Tuckett, A. and Sargant, N. A., (1997) The Learning Divide. (NIACE). Field, J., (1997) “Equity and Access: Adult Participation in Higher Education in Northern Ireland.” Journal of Access Studies. Vol. 12, No. 2. pp. 139-152. Field, J., (1997) “Continuing Education and the European Dimension: A Survey of British Professionals’ Attitudes.” Journal of Further and Higher Education. Vol. 21, No. 1. Field, J. and Schulle,r T., (1998), “Social Capital, Human Capital and the Learning Society.” International Journal of Lifelong Education. Vol. 17, No. 4. pp. 226-235. Field, J., and Schuller, T. (2002) Social capital, human capital and the learning society. Supporting Lifelong Learning reader for E845 Open University module. 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Millburn, T., (2000), Connecting with Young People and Youth Issues. Youth and Policy. 68. Milburn, T., Rowlands, C., Stephen, S., Woodhouse, H., and Sneider, A., (2003) Set it up: Charting young people’s progress. University of Strathclyde. Mizen, (2003) Tomorrow’s Future of Signs of a Misspent Youth? Youth Policy and the First Blair Government. Youth & Policy, No 79, p1-18. Morgan, T. O’Hare, B and Campbell, H., (2000), The Excluded Adolescent: An Exploration of the issues surrounding marginalised young people in Northern Ireland. A report for YouthNet. N. Ireland. Morgan, T., Morgan, P and O’Kelly,B (2007). Youth Work in Schools: An investigation of youth work, as a process of informal learning, in formal settings. Commissioned by the Department of Education for Northern Ireland. Final document June 2007. Muldoon, O., Schmid, K., Downes, C., Kremer, J. and Trew, K. (2008) The Legacy of the Troubles: Experiences of the troubles, Mental Health and Social Attitudes. http://www.legacyofthetroubles.qub.ac.uk/LegacyOfTheTroublesFinalReport.pdf (Accessed 8th February 2008). OECD (1999) Measuring Knowledge in Learning Economies and Societies. Report on Washington Forum on 17-18 May 1999 organised jointly by the National Science Foundation and the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation. Paris: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Ord, J. (2004) The Youth Work curriculum and the Transforming Youth Work Agenda. Youth & Policy. No, 83. Pohl, A and Walther, A. (2007) Activating the disadvantaged. Variations in addressing youth transitions across Europe. International Journal of Lifelong Learning. Vol.26. No.5 (Sept-Oct. 2007) pp533-553. Reed, D., (1991), ‘Education for building a peoples’ movement’. In Hammond, M. and Collins, R. Self-Directed Learning. ‘Critical Practice.’ (Nichols/GP Pub). pp. 78-79. Rogers, C. (1980) A Way of Being. New York: Houghton Mifflin. Shildrick, T and MacDonald, R. (2007) Biographies of exclusion: poor work and poor transitions.International Journal of Lifelong Learning. Vol.26. No. 5 (Sept-Oct. 2007), pp589-604. Shumer,R. Unpublished paper: Academic Learning + Experiential Learning = Complete Learning. University of Minnesota. 1993. Shumer, R. Involving Youth in Evaluation: A Guide. University of Minnesota. 2005 Smith, M. (1982) Informal education – conversation, democracy and learning. Derbyshire: Education Now Publications. Smith, M. (1988) Developing Youth Work. Informal education, mutual aid and popular practice, Milton Keynes: Open University Press. Smith, M. (1999) Praxis. An introduction to the idea. www.infed.org.uk Smith, M. K. (2002) 'Youth work: an introduction', the encyclopedia of informal education, www.infed.org/youthwork/b-yw.htm. accessed 20/10/07. Spence, J., Devanney, C. and Noonan, K. (2006) Youth Work: Voices of Practice The National Youth Agency : Leicester. Spence, J. (2007, Forthcoming) Support: In Robb, M. (Ed) Youth in Context: Frameworks, Settings and Encounters. Sage: Open University. Stokes, H and Wyn, J. (2007). Constructing identities and making careers: young people’s perspectives on work and learning. International Journal of Lifelong Learning. Vol.26. No.5 (Sept-Oct. 2007), pp495-511. The National Youth Agency (2005) Ethical Conduct in Youth Work: Statement of values and principles. In Working with young people. Harrison, R. and Wise, C. (Eds) Open University: Sage Publications Tucker, S., (1994), Changing Times, Changing Roles? An Examination of Contemporary Youth and Community Practice. Youth & Policy. 46. pp. 5-16. Williamson, C., (1995), The Dropout Society: Young People on the Margin. Youth Work Press. Wilson, D. and Tyrell, J. (1995) Institutions for conciliation and mediation. In Dunn, S. (Ed) Facets of the conflict in Northern Ireland. 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