Best of the old alongside the new: training for part-time youth workers

R. McRoberts, Ruth Leitch

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    Set against the dearth of published research into the effectiveness of youth leadership training programmes, the present study describes how a comprehensive evaluation model was utilised to evaluate one such programme in Northern Ireland over a 3-year period. The training welds together a traditional curriculum approach and a competence-based methodology to provide an integrated experience for the part-time youth worker participants (n = 128). Self-completion questionnaires and follow-up interviews with a random sample of these youth workers and their supervisors were used to collect data. Outcomes suggest that the synthesis of these two training strategies is not only effective in meeting the learning needs of youth workers, but also leads to identifiable improvements in the range and quality of youth work programmes available to young people
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)21-40
    Number of pages20
    JournalJournal Of Vocational Education And Training
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 1998

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