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Advancing Youth Work
Current Trends, Critical Questions

ISBN 9780415890465
Published August 29, 2011 by Routledge
264 Pages

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Book Description

This path-breaking book brings together an international list of contributors to collectively articulate a vision for the field of youth work, sharing what they have learned from decades of experience in the training and education of youth workers. Carefully designed evaluation and research studies have legitimized the learning potential of youth programs and non-school organizations over the last twenty years, and recent attention has shifted towards the education, training, and on-going professional development of youth workers. Contributors define youth work across domains of practice and address the disciplines of knowledge upon which sound practice is based, reviewing examples of youth practitioner development both in and outside of academia. Raising critical questions and concerns about current trends, Advancing Youth Work aims to bring clarity to the field and future of youth work.

Advancing Youth Work will help youth work practitioners develop a common language, articulate their field in one voice, and create a shared understanding of similarities and differences. This book is also an invaluable resource for higher educators, researchers, and students involved with youth work.

Table of Contents

Foreword, Shep Zeldin



1. A Conversation with Ellen Gannett, Dana Fusco and Ellen Gannett

I. Competencies and Credentials

2. Embedding and Sustaining Youth Worker Core Competencies in Out-of-School Time Programs, Sarah Jonas

3. Assessing Youth Worker Competence: National Child and Youth Worker Certification, Dale Curry, Andrew J. Schneider-Muñoz, Frank Eckles, and Carol Stuart

4. Establishing Expertise in an Emerging Field, Joyce Walker and Kate Walker

5. Youth Work and the Education of Professional Practitioners in Australia, Judith Bessant

II. Curriculum 

6. A Decade of Educating Youth Workers at an Urban Community College, Pete Watkins

7. A Chicago Story: Challenge and Change, Michael Heathfield

8. The Journey to Becoming a Youth Worker, Camille Williamson

9. On Becoming an Academic Profession, Dana Fusco

10. Preparing the Next Generation of Professoriate in Youth Studies: Mapping the Contested Spaces, Ross VeLure Roholt and Michael Baizerman

11. Youth Development Network: A Site for the Professional Development of Youth Workers, Jacqueline Davis-Manigaulte

III. Contexts of Youth Work 

12. Youth Work Practice in England, Helen Jones

13. Youth Work as Engagement, Ross VeLure Roholt and Judie Cutler

14. Youth Work across Two Diverse Domains of Practice, Jim Sibthorp, M. Deborah Bialeschki, Carol Stuart and Jack Phelan

15. A Community Education Approach to Youth Work Education, Joel Nitzberg

IV. Conclusion 

16. Advancing Youth Work: Opportunities and Challenges, Jane Quinn

17. Framing Trends, Posing Questions, Dana Fusco

About the Authors

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Dana Fusco is Professor of Teacher Education, York College, City University of New York.