2nd Edition

Youth Work Process, Product and Practice Creating an authentic curriculum in work with young people

By Jon Ord Copyright 2016
    274 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    274 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Youth Work Process and Practice provides an overview of the central concerns in youth work today, exploring what youth work actually consists in and developing an authentic theoretical framework for practice.

    This accessible textbook places the role of the curriculum and idea of practice as a process at the centre of youth work. Exploring important aspects of practice – such as empowerment, participation and choice, group work, experiential learning and the importance of relationship building – Jon Ord explains how the idea of curriculum can be used to communicate, legitimate and develop youth worth practice, as well as help to articulate its value and importance.

    The book includes a detailed and up-to-date analysis of the policy climate, looks at the implications of its focus on measurability and outcomes and discusses the impact of devolution in the UK on youth work practice. It contrasts dominant contemporary perspectives of youth and youth culture and argues that, rather than competing, ‘informal’ and ‘social’ education are twin aspects of an educational practice which must emphasises both individual development and wider social change.

    Youth Work Process and Practice is an essential read for all students of youth and community work and will also be an important reference for practising youth workers.


    Forward to the Second edition


    Part 1: Curriculum Theory and Practice

    1. Emergence of Curriculum

    2. Meaning of Curriculum

    3. Curriculum as Content

    4. Curriculum as Product

    5. Curriculum as Process: Person-centred Experience

    6. Curriculum as Process: Principles of Procedure and Curriculum as Development

    Part 2: Essential Elements of Curriculum

    7. Values and Judgement

    8. Participation and Power

    9. Relationships and Group Work

    10. Choice and Voluntary Participation

    11. On Methods

    Part 3: Policy and Practice

    12. The Origins and Importance of Policy

    13. The Legacy of Transforming Youth Work

    14. The Legacy of Every Child Matters

    15. Defending Youth Work Practice in an Age of Austerity

    Part 4: Curriculum, Outcomes and Accountability

    16. The Problem of Outcomes

    17. On Progression and Time?

    18. Causality and Phronesis

    19. Curriculum, Accountability and Youth Work

    Part 5: Curriculum in Context

    20. On Kolb and Experiential Learning Cycles

    21. Objections to Curriculum

    22. Curriculum in a National Context: Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland

    23. Curriculum in a European Context: Finland

    24. The Uses of Curriculum

    25. Towards a Critical Curriculum



    Jon Ord was a youth worker for many years and is now an Associate Professor at the University of St Mark and St John in Plymouth, where he teaches on the youth and community work programmes. He is the author of two books and a number of articles on the theory and practice of youth work.