Why university education matters: Youth work and the Australian experience

Bessant, J and Emslie, M 2014, 'Why university education matters: Youth work and the Australian experience', Child & Youth Services, vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 137-151.


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Title Why university education matters: Youth work and the Australian experience
Author(s) Bessant, J
Emslie, M
Year 2014
Journal name Child & Youth Services
Volume number 35
Issue number 2
Start page 137
End page 151
Total pages 15
Publisher Routledge
Abstract In many countries youth work education in the university confronts a precarious future. Paradoxically, this takes place as the labor market is unable to meet demands for qualified practitioners. This article makes a case for further investment in university-based youth work education. While presenting labor demand and supply arguments, we also suggest that a good university education is important for producing graduates capable of becoming experts and good practitioners in the Aristotelian sense of the word. This entails the provision of learning opportunities to attain specialist knowledge, technical expertise and ethical capacities of the kind that distinguish youth work practice from other approaches to work with young people. Such an education also promotes the prospect that practitioners are able to develop a professional habitus that advances youth work as a discrete field of professional practice. While the material used in this article is Australian, we suggest there are sufficient commonalities between the Australian experience and many other countries for the arguments, findings and recommendations made here to have more general applicability.
Subject Social Work not elsewhere classified
Higher Education
Education Systems not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) fitness to practice
higher education
youth work
DOI - identifier 10.1080/0145935X.2014.924345
Copyright notice Copyright © 2014 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
ISSN 0145-935X
Additional Notes This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Child & Youth Services in 2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/0145935X.2014.924345
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