Enabling young people to live the good life: Orienting youth work to proper ends

Emslie, M 2014, 'Enabling young people to live the good life: Orienting youth work to proper ends', Youth Voice Journal, vol. 4, pp. 1-33.


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Title Enabling young people to live the good life: Orienting youth work to proper ends
Author(s) Emslie, M
Year 2014
Journal name Youth Voice Journal
Volume number 4
Start page 1
End page 33
Total pages 33
Publisher Independent Academic Research Studies
Abstract One thing an examination of the literature on youth work makes clear is a lack of clarity on youth work's purpose. This study investigated the value of using the concept of telos as an analytical tool to orient youth work towards the right ends. Relevant literature was systematically reviewed. The value of telos in understanding youth work was examined. Common aims of youth work were described. The merits of different goals were assessed to figure out which, if any, is youth work's proper purpose. A telos would provide youth work a clear and cohesive definition, act as a useful guide for good practice, and distinguish youth work from other interventions into young people's lives. The case was made for the telos of youth work to be 'enabling young people to live the good life'
Subject Philosophy not elsewhere classified
Professional Ethics (incl. police and research ethics)
Social Theory
Keyword(s) Youth work
youth development
child and youth care
telos
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