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Alternative sites of learning: educational youth work as a paradigm and process

Coburn, Annette (2009) Alternative sites of learning: educational youth work as a paradigm and process. In: 16th International Conference on Learning, 2009-07-01 - 2009-07-04, Barcelona.

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Abstract

Educational Youth Work, as distinct from the provision of leisure activity, creates the possibility for young people being empowered and to make autonomous decisions about their lives. This paper reports on an ethnographic case study which examined perceptions and experiences of equality within one educational youth work setting. Research methods, including semi-structured interview, electronic diary and observation, were used to explore young people’s views and enabled them to reflect on their perceptions. The findings illustrate how the youth work paradigm facilitates the creation of a powerful learning environment. Young people’s experiences were interpreted, by themselves and by the researcher, as central to the construction of knowledge and understanding of equality. The young people reported on how their perspectives changed over time. Their considerations of the setting, illustrated how the youth work site enabled alternative educational processes through which young people can learn and flourish. There was evidence that the formation of trusting relationships, with other young people and youth workers, facilitated learning within this site. The findings also noted how such relationships, contributed to the creation of informal educational sites for, ‘experimentation, creativity and possibility’ (Giroux, 2005, p 151). The concept of critical pedagogy provided a framework for understanding educational youth work as both a social and a political process (Freire, 2004; Giroux, 2005; Kellner (2000). As a catalyst for social change, critical pedagogy is discussed within this paper in relation to the youth work curriculum.

Item type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ID code: 36212
Keywords: critical pedagogy, educational youth work, alternative learning sites, equality, Communities. Classes. Races, Special aspects of education
Subjects: Social Sciences > Communities. Classes. Races
Education > Special aspects of education
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Education > Education
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Social Work and Social Policy > Community Education
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Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2011 10:29
Last modified: 17 Jul 2013 16:20
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/36212

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