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Lesley Buckand explores the English government’s Positive for Youth
policy. She focused on what ‘Positive or Youth’ means for young people
in relation to youth work and informal education. She concludes the
policy is the government’s attempt to ‘do something’ about the situation
facing young people but without providing the necessary resources or
addressing key structural issues.
Learning through outdoor experience has been written by a team of people involved in outdoor learning and experience. They are part of a network of workers and agencies linked to the Rank Foundation (yarn) in the UK. As well as drawing on their own experience and expertise they were also helped by responses and contributions by more than 50 other people in the network. Available as a pdf and for mobiles and Kindles (prc).
Many discussions of pedagogy make the mistake of seeing it as primarily being about teaching. In this piece Mark K. Smith explores the origins of pedagogy and the often overlooked traditions of thinking and practice associated with it. He argues that a focus on teaching as a specialist role is best understood in other ways. Pedagogy needs to be explored through the thinking and practice of those educators who look to accompany learners and bring learning into life. Teaching is just one aspect of their practice.