Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Non Formal Education and Informal Learning

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Youth and Community Studies

DESCRIPTION Youth work offers educational programmes and projects in which young people choose to be involved. This study-unit explores the non-formal and informal educational nature and purpose of youth work and other related work with young people. It enables youth workers to gain experience of planning and delivering non formal and informal education opportunities within the context of a youth work curriculum whilst underpinning values and processes.

Study-unit Aims:

• Exploring the nature of young people’s learning and development, in terms of both sociological and psychological perspectives.

• Identifying implications for engagement and provision by professionals working with young people .

• Gaining experience of planning and delivering non formal and informal education opportunities within the context of a youth work curriculum.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

• identify factors and theoretical models relevant to young people’s learning and development;

• understand the links between specified learning activities and wider issues of empowerment.

2. Skills (including transferable [generic] skills):
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

• evaluate young people’s learning and development in relation to and their own professional area;

• evaluate their own experience of facilitating non formal and informal learning with young people;

• produce relevant, coherent plans for learning opportunities for young people;

• use and design appropriate resources for non formal and informal learning.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Allen, G. & Martin, I. (1992) Education and Community, London: Cassell

Jeffs, T. and Smith, M. (1996) Informal Education – conversation, democracy and learning, Derby: Education Now (available from UoM library)

Kelly, A.V. (2004) The Curriculum (5th ed), London: Sage

Merton, B. & Wylie, T. (2002) Towards a Contemporary Curriculum for Youth Work, Leicester:NYA

Richardson, L. & Wolfe, M. (eds) (2001) Principles and Practice of Informal Education, London: Routledge

Ingram, G. & Harris, J. (2001) Delivering Good Youth Work: A Working Guide to Surviving and Thriving, Lyme Regis: Russell House Publishing

Voland, B. & Porteous, D. (2002) Working with young people in Europe, Lyme Regis: Russell House Publishing

WYA (2002) The Youthwork Curriculum Statement for Wales, Caerphilly:WYA

YCNI (2003) Youth Work – a model for effective practice, Antrim: Northern Ireland Youth Work Curriculum Unit

YCNI (2006) The Use of Age Specific Development Needs Based Curricula, Antrim: Northern Ireland Youth Work Curriculum Unit

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study and Project

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Carmen Mangion
Maria Pisani

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