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Using Theory in Youth and Community Work Practice

Using Theory in Youth and Community Work Practice

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February 2010 | 160 pages | Learning Matters
This book explores a wide range of theoretical perspectives that guide the practice of community and youth work and related occupational fields. It provides a range of practical activities to encourage readers to explore their own theoretical position, while critically engaging with the contemporary theoretical context that is shaping the development of community and youth work practice. Students will find this book an invaluable tool in developing their understanding of theory, and it will help them to holistically and systematically apply their understanding of theory to their relevant practice situation.
Theory and Youth and Community Work Practice
Using Social Theory
Learning from Lives
Reflection and enquiry

"This book was clear, thought provoking and an excellent resource for students at all levels of the degree programme. Thank you." (Lecturer, University of Derby.)

A good addition to supporting the student in developing their understanding of praxis.

Ms Gillian Wilde
Youth & Community Studies, Wrexham Glyndwr University
September 28, 2020

I teach a level 5 module on Community Involvement and will be recommending students focus on Chapters 5 and 6, group work and reflection and enquiry whilst encouraging them to read the book to support their wider learning on a Social and Community Development degree programme.
I particularly like the way that each chapter links to National Occupational Standards (NOS) and QAA benchmarking statements. It would be good to see a version of the book that also uses the Community Development NOS.

Mrs Victoria Boulton
Social Work, Northampton University
June 18, 2015

A book that will definitely be an undergraduates starting point when exploring their understanding of theory and how this links with practice. It will also be a 'refresher' useful resource for postgraduates for quick reference.
As well as the beginnings of some academic offerings it also offers a vast array of activities and tasks that can be utilised in further exploring key themes.
The differing types of theories being explained offers a broad understanding, social theorists, and their application are a key read.
Drawing from a vast range of other key theories that underpin the practice are a great read alike forming a broad understanding of the said key concepts of 'theory in practice'.

Mr Ian Jones
Health, Community & Social Care, Bradford College
March 23, 2015

This book provides students with further theoretical perspectives, particularly on informal education.

Mr George Stobbart
School Of Social Sciences And Law, University of Teesside
March 16, 2015

A practical and useful book to support students to understand theoretical concepts and apply in practice. This is an essential and relevant book for youth and community practitioners.

Miss Tracy Ramsey
Social Work Department, Liverpool Hope University
June 27, 2014

This book provides a very practical guide for students wishing to develop an understanding of their own theoretical stance in practice. It's a great starter for an overview of relevant theory in community development.

Ms Angela Hilton
School of Education, Wolverhampton University
February 25, 2014

Very thorough book which gives plenty of information and theories. Easily read and understandable.

Miss Fiona Hennah
Dept of Care & Continuing Education, Ystrad Mynach College
November 20, 2013

This provides a valuable overview of the theory underpinning youth work. I will recommend it on my reading list. I will also use it in my work with youth work practitioners to encourage them to think about theory.

Dr Bernadine Brady
School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI, Galway
April 16, 2013

Mrs Anne Owen
Youth Studies and Youth Justice, Nottingham Trent University
March 30, 2012

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