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.

Understanding Young People

Understanding Young People
Understanding young people
  • Models of the transition from childhood to adulthood help youth and community workers make sense of how to start their engagement with young people. Social research on the ‘youth divide’ describes both extended and ‘fast-track’ transitions.
  • Peer groups may offer a form of ‘transitional attachment’.
  • Adolescence involves a new negotiation of public space and ways of being in public space.
  • Sexuality is an important aspect of identity-formation. Models which assume normative gender and heterosexual relationships are critiqued. Such critiques are shared by models of Black identity-formation which emphasise coming to voice rather than biologically determined changes.
  • The danger of constructing new norms and ‘closure’ rather than openness of identities is inherent in all such models.

Being young, no longer a child and not yet an ...

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