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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Youth Work Practice

Edition 2nd edition
ISBN 9780230543027
Publication Date February 2010
Formats Paperback Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

As a contemporary reflection on current practice, this book tackles the diversity of what 'youth work' means and the challenging yet rewarding job that it is. It offers a meaningful insight into the everyday experiences of a youth worker, written by practitioners themselves.

In a clear conversational style, the text analyses the many aspects of youth work, including activities, group life, making conversation and mentoring, alongside practical guidance to advise on working with today's young people.

Jeffs and Smith's previous book, Youth Work (1988), was a seminal text on working with young people. This successor text, Youth
Work Practice
is its equal in providing an intriguing update for all those studying or working with young people.

TONY JEFFS is an Honorary Lecturer at Durham University, UK, and Visiting Tutor at Ruskin College, Oxford, and Bedfordshire University, UK. Amongst his many publications are Young People and the Youth Service (1979); Youth Work (1988 with Mark Smith); Henry Morris (1999) Informal Education (1999 with Mark Smith) and Essays in the History of Youth Work (2001) and Architects of Change. Studies in the history of community and youth work (2004) (both edited with Ruth Gilchrist and Jean Spence). Tony is Editor of the journal Youth and Policy.

MARK K. SMITH specializes in the field of informal education and community learning. He is the Rank Research Fellow and Tutor at YMCA George Williams College, London, UK, and has been a Visiting Professor in Community Education, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He has worked as a careers officer, youth and community worker, and project worker. He studied economics and politics at the University of Lancaster, and did his doctorate in the philosophy of education at the University of London.

Note on Terms
Introducing Youth Work; T.Jeffs& M.K.Smith
Relationships, Friendships and Youth Work; H.Blacker
Engaging in Conversation; H.Smith
Being With an Other as a Professional Practitioner: Uncovering the Nature of Working with Individuals; D.Collander-Brown
The Cultivation ofGifts in all Directions: Thinking About Purpose; D.Forrest
Programmes, Programming and Practice; R.Gilchrist
Activities in Youth Work; S.Harte
Advising and Mentoring; G.MacLeod
Enhancing Group Life and Association; G.Patton
Working With Faith; H.Nurden
Managing and DevelopingYouth Work; G.Millar
Sustaining Ourselves and Our Enthusiasm; C.Pugh
Monitoring and Evaluating Youth Work; J.Rose
Conclusion; T.Jeffs& M.K.Smith

DAVID COLLANDER-BROWN, Qualified Counsellor and Professional Development Manager, Connexions Service
DOD FORREST, Youth Worker and member of the Rowan Group, University of Aberdeen.
RUTH GILCHRIST, Training and Development Officer, UK Youth.
SEAN HARTE, Youth Worker, Middlesbrough UK.  
GILL MILLAR, Qualified Youth and Community Worker
HOWARD NURDEN, Head of Youth and Children's Work for a national voluntary organisation
GILL PATTON, Training Officer
CAROLE PUGH, Qualified Youth Worker and Voice and Influence Co-ordinator for statutory youth service.
JOHN ROSE, prior to recent retirement was Head of Youth Strategy Branch, Department of Education, Children and Lifelong Learning, Welsh Assembly
HEATHER SMITH, Qualified youth worker and teacher, running the student referral unit in a large school in south London.


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