Bernard Davies, social education, group work and youth work

Bernard Davies, social education, group work and youth work. Bernard Davies is a, perhaps the, key figure in the development of youth work in Britain in last forty years of the twentieth century. His work, initially with Alan Gibson, was central to social education becoming a defining feature of youth work in the 1960s and 1970s. His analysis of youth and youth work continues to allowed workers to develop a more critical social and historical understanding of practice. In this piece we examine his contribution to the theory and practice of youth work, and also to the development of group work.

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contents: introduction · bernard davies – life and work · social education · group work · developing a social and historical understanding · conclusion · further reading and references · links · how to cite this article

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Bernard Davies – life and work

Further reading and references


Davies, Bernard and Gibson, Alan (1967) The social education of the adolescent, London: University of London Press.

Davies, Bernard (1975) The use of of groups in social work practice, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.

Davies, Bernard (1975)Training and the part-time club worker, National Association of Youth Clubs 1976

Davies, Bernard (1975)

Davies, Bernard (1975)The state we’re in: restructuring youth policies in Britain, National Youth Bureau 1981

Davies, Bernard (1986) Threatening youth: towards a national youth policy, Open University Press.

Davies, Bernard (1996) Volunteering versus Professionalism, National Youth Agency.

Davies, Bernard and Marken, Mary (1998) Towards a youth strategy: the Sunderland review, Leicester: Youth Work Press.