Working with Young People is designed to help you develop the knowledge and skills you need for supporting young people as they learn about themselves, others and society and prepare for the transition to adulthood. It introduces the fundamental concepts and issues that lie at the heart of contemporary work with young people and challenges you to think deeply about: - the social context of young people - values and principles that underpin practice - the variety of settings in which practice takes place, and - the importance of informal learning in the lives of young people. Whether you are a new student or returning to study, Working with Young Poeple provides a stimulating introduction and a foundation for further study. Sheila Curran is Senior Lecturer at The Open University. Roger Harrison is Senior Lecturer at The Open University. Donald Mackinnon is Lecturer at The Open University.

Every Day is Different

Every day is different
Jean SpenceCarol Devanney

This is an edited version of a chapter which originally appeared in J. Spence and C. Devanney (2006) Youth Work: Voices of Practice. A Research Report by Durham University and Weston Spirit, and which was published by the National Youth Agency. It presents the findings of a research project which set out to explore the ‘real’ nature of youth work and the experiences of young people and youth workers in different practice settings. This involved the researchers participating in the everyday life of a range of youth projects and organisations, and included focus groups and interviews with young people and youth workers in which they described and reflected on their experiences and understanding of youth ...

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