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Young people and contradictions of inclusionTowards Integrated Transition Policies in Europe$
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Andreu Lopez Blasco, Wallace McNeish, and Andreas Walther

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345547

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345547.001.0001

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The art of learning: empowerment through performing arts

The art of learning: empowerment through performing arts

(p.163) Nine The art of learning: empowerment through performing arts
Young people and contradictions of inclusion

Steven Miles

Policy Press

This chapter takes a closer look at learning processes and empowering experiences in the more informal setting of projects for young people located in the arena of the performing arts. Based on the intercultural evaluation of three case studies (from Portugal, Germany, and the UK), it shows that participation in the performing arts is a highly successful means to aid the development of young people's self-confidence and social skills. However, the biographical effects of such experiences depend on how informal learning and education are recognised by respective national transition systems. They demand from policy makers an investment in programmes for which the outcomes are less predictable and measurable than those of formal education and training are normally assumed to be.

Keywords:   performing arts, Portugal, Germany, UK, social skills, informal learning, informal education, national transition

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