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.

Informal Learning in Youth Work: Times, People and Places

Informal learning in youth work: Times, people and places
Janet Batsleer

Informal learning is often referred to as the means through which youth and community work operates. This chapter draws on the literature, and on examples of practice, to provide guidance on how informal engagement and conversation can be planned and used to facilitate learning. The author argues that it is by focusing on the lived experience of young people in their own localities, rather than external agendas and targets, that informal learning can be effective in engaging with young people who are often suspicious of adult interventions.

Youth and Community Work is about learning through dialogue and connection, exchange and association. At its centre are conversations and ...

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