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Concepts and methods in youth work: Doing youth work in Australia series 1

Concepts and methods of youth work: Doing youth work in Australia series

Edited by Rob White
Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies
October 2009
ISBN 978 1 875236 61 9
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Concepts and methods of youth work is the first volume in a series titled Doing youth work in Australia.

Each volume consists of selected articles from the journal Youth Studies Australia.

Volume one is titled Concepts and methods of youth work. It:

  • considers key issues surrounding youth work as a career and a profession.
  • delves into the practical skills and knowledge needed by individuals as they undertake work in the youth field.
  • highlights the ideological or philosophical universe within which workers operate, and the more mundane aspects of being a worker in the field not noted for extravagant funding.
  • talks about the pressures, strains and limits on the doing of youth work – from a youth worker perspective.

The Doing youth work series offers a comprehensive and systematic discussion of the challenges and realities that youth workers face. In these three volumes, youth workers and other professionals provide profound insights about their profession and about young people's lives. It sets an agenda for debates about the profession of youth work and for future research and is a must for anyone interested in understanding the field of youth studies today.

Professor Johanna Wyn, Director, Youth Research Centre, University of Melbourne

Youth Studies Australia is still the best thing around I think, in terms of accessibility, rigour and the balance between research and practice.

Professor Howard Sercombe, Department of Educational and Professional Studies, University of Strathclyde, Scotland

Youth Studies Australia offers us a sense of the history of the youth work sector. It highlights the collective challenges and achievements of young people, youth researchers and youth practitioners. Now we have an accessible compilation f our combined work to share with each other and, perhaps even more importantly, with those who will work with young people in the future.

Robyn Broadbent, Coordinator, Youth Work, Victoria University

Other volumes forthcoming in this series include:
Youth work and youth issues
Youth work and social diversity