ERIC Number: EJ834300
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
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Reference Count: 44
Challenging the Youth Policy Imperative: Engaging Young People through the Arts
de Roeper, Julia; Savelsberg, Harry J.
Journal of Youth Studies, v12 n2 p209-225 Apr 2009
This paper challenges the orientations and assumptions underpinning policies for disadvantaged young people (DYP) in Australia. We argue that policy interventions for young people generally exhibit a binary divide, some policies fostering leadership and creative endeavours targeted on "high-functioning" young people, especially within educational and arts milieus, while other policies, focusing on DYP, take a remedial orientation. The basis for this binary divide is, we argue, flawed social constructions of young people, constructions that pathologise or privilege behaviours, attitudes and lifestyles. The consequences for DYP are that remedial policies, designed to get and keep young people "on track", are often ignoring deeper developmental needs. Using recent research findings from arts programmes for young people, the paper argues for a broader policy orientation, including developmental needs, to strengthen remedial policies and programmes and open the potential for pathways to resilience.
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Disadvantaged Youth, At Risk Persons, Public Policy, Cultural Activities, Art Education, Adolescents, Developmental Programs, Holistic Approach, Cultural Relevance, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia