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.

Thinking Ethically

Thinking ethically
Howard Sercombe

This chapter lays out a core problem: the apparent lack of a consensus on what is right and wrong, and the lack of any kind of foundation on which a consensus might be based. However, that doesn't mean that ethical thinking can no longer be done, or that it is no longer possible to work together ethically.

The discipline of thinking ethically is no longer simple, if it ever was. The contemporary world is a pluralist world. Examples of different ways of living ethically confront us from other parts of the world, from other societies, and from different communities within our own society. In such an environment, it is hard to be clear about the boundaries of ethical action, about ways ...

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