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ERIC Number: ED478334
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 142
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-7546-1976-1
Communities of Youth: Cultural Practice and Informal Learning.
Miles, Steven, Pohl, Axel; Stauber, Barbara; Walther, Andreas; Banha, Rui Manuel Bargiela; Gomes, Maria Do Carmo
The roles of cultural practice and informal learning in young people's transitions to work and adulthood were explored in case studies of performing arts programs in Mannheim, Germany; Liverpool, England; and Lisbon, Portugal. Expert interviews, participant observation, and documentary analysis were conducted to explore how the pedagogical model adopted by each program actually worked and what made each program attractive to participants and effective in easing young people's transition from school to work. All three programs offered an educational setting where learning is likely to be closely related to several aspects of identity work. First, the courses provided young people with a secure biographical space where they could develop self-confidence and self-consciousness. Second, the projects managed to bridge the gap between social and symbolic aspects of youth lifestyles and the perception of youth prevailing in education and training institutions. Third, the projects featured a set of properties that are essential to successfully stipulate informal learning. Those properties included reciprocal relationships between trainers and participants, openness to experiential activities, and a combination of activities performed for their own sake with activities aiming at future goals. The case studies documented the enormous potential of informal learning in helping youth develop the generic skills needed for their adult lives and work. (Contains 134 references.) (MN)
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Portugal (Lisbon); United Kingdom (Liverpool)