Investing in Australian youth: nurturing values integrated through action-based learning

Dowden, Tony and Drager, Mark (2018) Investing in Australian youth: nurturing values integrated through action-based learning. In: Reimagining Christian education: cultivating transformative approaches. Springer Nature, Singapore, pp. 273-282. ISBN 978-981-13-0850-5

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Abstract

Current societal trends are creating new opportunities for community organisations –including church groups and non-profit organisations – that specialise in the delivery of extra-curricular services to young people. This chapter discusses the case of a non-profit community organisation in Queensland that uses ‘Values Integrated Through Action-based Learning’ (VITAL), underpinned by a Judeo-Christian worldview, to help young people develop robust personal values. In particular, the chapter conducts a comparative analysis of the approaches used by this organisation and the developmental characteristics of young adolescents. It discusses key implications for educating and working with youth that pertain to enhancing: self-discipline, personal confidence, social skills and a life-long love of learning. It concludes that savvy community organisations that commit to understanding and actively meeting youth needs in safe learning environments are well positioned to ‘make a difference’ to future generations of young people.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2018 00:08
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 04:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: adolescent, adolescence, values, developmental needs
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130211 Religion Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-0851-2_18
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34412

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