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.
Chapter 15: Developing Generative Themes for Community Action
Developing Generative Themes for Community Action
Young people often have limited control over many of the decisions that affect their lives. This chapter takes a learner-centred approach, arguing that young people themselves are best placed to identify their own needs and interests. Adopting this approach requires practitioners to dismantle hierarchical barriers and be prepared to share power with the young people they are working alongside. The authors outline the philosophy which lies behind this approach and the practical strategies for delivering it. Their aim is to enable young people to develop skills and confidence in making their own decisions and to participate in decision making processes.
The main rationale for participative methods is based on the belief that ...