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Title: Evangelist or informal educator? : investigating the nature of youth work practice in the Church of Scotland
Author: Mallon, Steve
ISNI:       0000 0001 3617 6647
Awarding Body: University of Strathclyde
Current Institution: University of Strathclyde
Date of Award: 2008
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The Church of Scotland has been working with young people in one form or another for many hundreds of years. It has had an influence on the history of youth work as it has developed in Scotland. For the last few decades it has experienced a sharp decline in the numbers of young people taking part in its activities and a consequent growing lack of confidence in its ability to reach out to young people. In the light of the Scottish Government's new Moving Forward youth work agenda, which makes no mention of faith-based organisations like the Church of Scotland, what place does an organisation like the Church have in the emerging priorities for youth work and young people in Scotland today? This investigation attempts to clarify the nature of the practice of youth work in the Church of Scotland to determine whether or not it is an Evangelist and simply concerned with making more Christians from the young people it encounters and therefore has no need to relate to the Moving Forward strategy or the wider youth work field. Or can its practice be understood as falling into the realm of Informal Education, in which case will it be allowed to fit into this new emerging agenda, to join with others in the pursuit of improving the chances of the young people of Scotland through youth work?
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ed.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral