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.
Chapter 8: ‘It's Boring ….’ How Do Youth Workers Engage?
‘It's Boring ….’ How Do Youth Workers Engage?
- Everyday chat forms a basis for developing relationships. Dissatisfaction, disrespect and boredom are important starting points.
- Youth workers challenge boredom by taking an interest in young people, looking for what will spark an interest, what creates greater expectations and goes beyond the everyday.
- Some young people create interest and excitement by provoking conflict or rehearsing prejudices and put-downs. Youth workers can move such conversations on in creative ways.
‘It's boring.’ ‘It's boring round here.’ ‘There's nothing to do round here.’ Or, ‘There's always something happening.’ ‘It's a laugh.’ The buzz of the group or the flatness and the lack of stimulus in over-familiar company are significant starting points. There is such a ...