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.

Silence, Spirit and Solidarity: Resources for Practice

Silence, Spirit and Solidarity: Resources for Practice
Silence, spirit and solidarity: Resources for practice
  • Isolation and exclusion is a form of punishment. It can however also be a means of escape. Youth workers need to have confidence in supporting young people in making the break from oppressive peer groups.
  • The other side of loneliness is solitude. Solitude is a powerful resource for youth workers to offer all young people, including those recovering from extreme abusive experiences.
  • Access to experiences of awe and wonder through youth work opportunities in outdoor education, retreats and residentials can enable a recognition of the power of solitude.
  • Solitude and solidarity are linked: there is an opening up to a greater sense of connectedness and compassion through such experiences.
  • Models of faith development can be useful ...
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