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In Defence of Youth Work storytelling as methodology and curriculum in HEI teaching

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Paula Connaughton, Tania de St Croix, Pauline Grace, Naomi Thompson

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeaching youth work in Higher Education
Subtitle of host publicationTensions, connections, continuities and contradictions
EditorsMike Seal
Place of PublicationEstonia
PublisherUniversity of Tartu
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)978-9985-4-1161-2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019


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This chapter explores the use of storytelling as part of a curriculum and method for teaching youth work within a higher education environment, focusing on the In Defence of Youth Work (IDYW) storytelling process and resources. IDYW, a collective of youth work practitioners and lecturers based in the UK, has developed and undertaken a series of storytelling workshops both nationally
and internationally. The IDYW approach attempts to bring rigour, criticality and collective reflection to everyday uses of stories. it builds on community philosophy adaptations of Socratic dialogue as expressed by Sarah Banks (2013), in which complex questions are explored by a facilitated group using concrete examples.
as youth and community work lecturers, we seek to enable students to explore their practice from personal, political, philosophical and social perspectives. By using the IDYW storytelling approach in our youth and community work teaching and learning, we have created a space where participants’ examples are subjected to scrutiny through peer questioning, followed by the identification, analysis
and recording of fundamental principles.

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