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.
Ilona Buchroth is a senior lecturer in community and youth studies at the University of Sunderland. Prior to this she has worked in community development, youth work, adult education, teaching and lastly for a Local Authority Community Education Service as a middle manager with responsibility for adult education. She has a particular interest in informal education and has maintained an active involvement in the voluntary sector. Chris Parkin is a senior lecturer in community and youth studies at the University of Sunderland. She has spent 10 years working in community development and youth work. Chris has also been a trustee of various charitable bodies connected to community and youth work, including the Community Foundation and the British Association of Settlements and Social Action Centres.
Introduction Theory and Youth and Community Work Practice Using Social Theory Learning from Lives Education Groupwork Reflection and enquiry