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.
About the Author
Suzanne Greenwald holds a PhD in education policy from the University of Chicago, a master’s degree in education from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree in English and American literature from Brown University. Suzanne is an expert on school-to-work issues, work-related learning, and school/business partnerships. She is currently employed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, serving as an educational advisor to the Cambridge-MIT Institute. She lives in Westwood, Massachusetts.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: YOUNG PEOPLE IN SOCIETYPolicy, Practice and Research in Work with Young People - Jason Wood and Jean HineYouth as a Social Construction - Mary Jane KehilyTrouble and Tribes: Young People and Community - Jeremy BrentTeenage Pregnancy and Parenthood: Implications for Policy and Practice - Aniela WenhamWhat Does the 'Teen Brain' Research Say, and What Does it Mean for Practitioners? - Howard Sercombe and Tomas Paus Youth Work in a Cold Climate - Tom WyliePART TWO: THE NATURE OF WORK WITH YOUNG PEOPLEDefining Good Youth Work - Gina Ingram and Jean HarrisEvery Day is Different - Jean Spence and Carol Devanney Helping: Definitions and Purposes - Hazel L. Reid and Alison J. FieldingInformal Learning in Youth Work: Times, People and Places - Janet BatsleerThinking Ethically - Howard SercombeA Social Theory of Learning - Etienne WengerPART THREE: THE PRACTICES OF WORK WITH YOUNG PEOPLECrossing the Boundaries? Working Informally in Formal Settings - Sheila Curran and Tyrrell GoldingEnhancing Young People's Participation - Kate SapinDeveloping Generative Themes for Community Action - Dave Beck and Rod PurcellWorking with Groups of Young People - Jane WestergaardYouth Work in a Digital Age - Jane MelvinFaith-based Youth Work - Lessons from the Christian Sector - Naomi StantonSupervision as a Youth Work Tool - Liesl Conradie