Informal Educational Infrastructure: Citizenship Formation, Informal Education, and Youth Work Practice

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This chapter examines the literature surrounding Informal Education and Youth Work, discussing the implications for citizenship of the“educational infrastructure” (Jeffs and Smith, Informal education: conversation, democracy and learning. Educational Heretics Press, Nottingham, 2005) within social services. The chapter introduces the principles of Informal Education and how it has influenced the development of Youth Work practice in Australia. As an educational infra-structure, Informal Education is located on the“Structural”(Wong, Youth Stud. Aust. 23: 10–16, 2004) end of the Youth Work practice spectrum. This location has implications for the formation and participation of young people into active citizenship within Youth Work practice. This chapter highlights tensions within the Youth Work literature around young people’s democratic rights and participation. Furthermore, this chapter considers the potential for the principles of Informal Education to enhance the emancipatory goals of Structural Youth
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Citizenship and Education
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-67905-1
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Youth Work
  • Informal Education
  • Democracy
  • Dialogue
  • Rights
  • Participation


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