The high-tech society, youth work and popular education

Ivar Frønes argues that modern youth work requires a revitalising of its roots in popular education, to function as popular education of the future.

The present historical phase of rapid changes, sometimes

referred to as the fourth industrial revolution, produces a high

demand for competence and innovation; in what is termed the

high-threshold society, social inclusion requires competence.

Young people’s position at the forefront of technological

innovation open for the development of competencies

and capacities for innovation through youth work such as

the organisation of voluntary peer-driven activities. The

perspective of youth work underlines bottom-up organisational

structures, the principle of voluntary participation, and not

least, the principle of learning by doing. Youth work as a form

of peer-based learning and development is complementary

to the competence acquired by education and training. The

article argues that modern youth work requires a revitalising of

its roots in popular education, to function as popular education

of the future.

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Tags: technology, participation, high-threshold society, youth work By Frønes, Ivar
Published Mar. 29, 2017 12:55 PM - Last modified Apr. 12, 2017 12:09 PM