International Development, Community, and Environment

Title

Becoming a Youth Worker in a Classroom Community of Practice

Document Type

Conference Paper

Abstract

Traditional university classrooms are more conducive to learning about youth work than they are learning how to become a youth worker. In this paper, I explore how a university classroom can function as a community of practice (CoP) in which actionable youth worker expertise is transmitted. Through narrative analysis of two youth worker dilemma stories, I show how a classroom-based CoP facilitates the development of three youth work 'abilities.' These abilities include: how to frame complex and ambiguous youth work problems; how to bring personal knowledge into practice; and how to reflect-on and-in practice.

Publication Title

Proceedings of International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS

Publication Date

1-1-2014

Volume

2

Issue

January

First Page

957

Last Page

961

ISSN

1814-9316

DOI

10.22318/icls2014.957

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