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.

Personal Agendas: Reflective Practice in the Context of Diversity

Personal Agendas: Reflective Practice in the Context of Diversity
Personal agendas: Reflective practice in the context of diversity
  • The personal voice and presence of the informal educator in relationship and conversation with young people is a major resource of practice. This demands a commitment to reflective practice.
  • Reflective practice must take seriously the existence of power-charged diversity in working relationships.
  • A case study of reflective practice in the context of diversity is developed using the Johari window.
  • Methods of reflective practice, including giving and receiving feedback and the use of practice journals, are discussed.

Practitioners bring their own personal agendas into practice, their own starting points, prejudices and assumptions. The explicit professional agenda of youth and community work is the flourishing and development of young people and of their communities. ...

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