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Feature articles in Youth Studies Australia, September 2006
v.25, n.3

Going bush: Youth work in rural settings
Howard Sercombe

This paper is a reflection on the author?s experience as a youth worker in the Western Australian Goldfields towns of Laverton (population 450, 1,000km NE of Perth) and Kalgoorlie (population 30,000, 600km ENE of Perth). While there are things that make youth work in these settings difficult, there is also a richness and holism in youth work practice outside the city. The existence of a real community where people (including decision-makers) actually know each other makes long-term change for young people a real possibility. Living in the community in which you work, and where all your clients know where you live, also raises some interesting issues of accountability, ethics and practice.

Youth work in schools: Should youth workers also be teachers?
Tim Corney

There are plans within the Australian Capital Territory to place a youth worker in every government high school, while Victoria is considering blending the roles of youth workers, teachers and welfare officers. Tim Corney considers the possible consequences of these changes for the roles of youth workers and teachers and the implications for the relationship between these professions. He also questions the outcomes of these changes for students and young people.

?Just boys being boys??
Leanne Dalley-Trim

Drawing on data collected for a research project at a state secondary school in North Queensland, this research paper reveals the problematic nature of narrow, ?common-sense? understandings of boys and of discourse about them. The author holds that by constructing themselves as identifiably masculine subjects, boys engage in a sophisticated range of embodied ?performance practices? and complex masculinities. The paper reveals how regarding these ?performance practices? as ?just boys being boys? results in the denigration, marginalisation, silencing and sexualising of girls. Finally, the paper critiques the Boys: Getting it right: Report on the inquiry into the education of boys document (House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Training 2002).
Bully/victim students and classroom climate
Shoko Yoneyama & Ken Rigby

Using a range of measures, this research compares individual student perceptions of ?school climate? in several South Australian single sex and coeducational schools. The results indicate that some students? perceptions of their ?classroom climate? may reflect their involvement in bully/victim interactions with their peers. These findings suggest that it may be possible for teachers to identify victims, bullies and bully-victims among those students who are unhappy in the classroom situation. School staff may then be able to work with these students to reduce bullying in the school context.

Responsible drinking knowledge: A comparison of Australian apprentices and university students
Nicki Dowling, David Clark & Tim Corney

Young adults are at the highest risk for alcohol-related harm; so what do they know about responsible drinking practices? This study compared the knowledge of two groups of Australian young adults: apprentices and university students. The findings revealed that both groups have relatively low levels of knowledge regarding responsible drinking practices in three areas: the identification of standard drinks, the minimum number of standard drinks required to reach the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) driving limit, and actions effective in lowering BAC. The results reveal that these groups of young people need increased alcohol awareness, particularly in relation to responsible drinking practices.

Ring, ring, why did I make that call? Mobile phone beliefs and behaviour among Australian university students
Shari Walsh & Katherine White

Mobile phone use is widespread among adolescents and young adults; however, only a small amount of research has been undertaken into the psychological factors influencing mobile phone use. This paper expands that research base by investigating the frequency of mobile phone use by young people and their beliefs in relation to their phone use. The results enable the authors to suggest ways of reducing inappropriate mobile phone use.