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ERIC Number: EJ839052
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-0145-935X
"Learn What You Like and Like What You Learn:" The Youth Encounter Projects and St. Augustine's Special School, Limerick City. Chapter 7
McElwee, Niall
Child & Youth Services, v29 n1-2 p165-199 Aug 2007
Mark Twain once famously quipped, "I never let schooling get in the way of my education." Paul Simon, the American folk singer, begins one of his songs "When I think back on all the crap I learned at high school, it's a wonder I can hardly think at all." These men could just have easily been discussing schooling in Ireland, for this is the way many Limerick children and youth felt about formal school life prior to their involvement with St. Augustine's Youth Encounter Project. But it is prior to their involvement. This chapter provides a demographic profile of the pupils of that project and explores aspects of the day-to-day life of the project as a child and youth care intervention by examining some of the influences of risk replacement or resiliency projects that have influenced provision of services. This Limerick YEP attempts to alter the approach from one that is risk, deficit, and psychopathology-oriented to one that is protection, strength, and asset focussed. A question posed is, "Has the early intervention enrichment programme assisted the pupils to reintegrate successfully within the community?" By reintegrate I mean the ability to attend a regular school, hold a job, live again with their family and such things. This chapter also explores the establishment of the Youth Encounter Projects in Ireland in the context of an important but largely overlooked study completed by Egan and Hegarty over two decades ago (1984). No official review has been published since. (Contains 6 tables and 18 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland