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Youth participation in EuropeBeyond discourses, practices and realities$
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Patricia Loncle, Gerrit Jackson, and Virginie Muniglia

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300182

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300182.001.0001

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Informal education in an historical perspective: between an instrument of social education and a socioeducational practice

Informal education in an historical perspective: between an instrument of social education and a socioeducational practice

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(p.57) Four Informal education in an historical perspective: between an instrument of social education and a socioeducational practice
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Youth participation in Europe
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Filip Coussée

Tony Jeffs

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300182.003.0004

Informal education is a contested arena of practice. Across Europe its legal status, methods, degree of professionalisation, level of development and location within the welfare system reveals a very diverse picture. Throughout history we see increasing dividing lines between youth work, adult education, social pedagogy, community work and social work. Nevertheless, although real and significant variations arise regarding the nature and format of informal education both within and between states, certain central questions and dilemmas arise that ‘cross borders’. These dilemmas, we suggest, have always existed and can be identified within the shared roots of all informal education practice. Focussing on the history of youth work enable us to distinguish these roots and contextualise the current debates drawing on abstract notions of participation, social cohesion and social integration.

Keywords:   Social pedagogy, informal education, history of youth work

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