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


Jon Ord

ISBN 9780415854788
Published June 22, 2016 by Routledge
274 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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


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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.