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This article will outline three chosen principles of adult education and how they were put into practice on the training course ‘TO Empower through Experience’. TO Empower through Experience’ was an 8-day training course on the use of the experiential learning cycle:

David Kolb and Roger Fry argue that effective learning entails the possession of four different abilities: concrete experience abilities, reflective observation abilities, abstract conceptualization abilities and active experimentation abilities”


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Context: A reflection from a series I did for my studies several years ago, reviewed and published to encourage reflection on both a small and large scale within youth work. No real names or organisations have been revealed. The reflections all follow David Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle as a method for reflective practice.

On a youth exchange in what is now North Macedonia, I was the coordinator of the entire exchange as well as male group leader for the young people from North Macedonia and Wales. There was one young person from North Macedonia of whom I had worked with…


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There are those times in life when you have to ask yourself ‘what is an apology?’ Maybe it’s because you are apologising for something you don’t mean, maybe it’s because you have never apologised before, or if you are like me, maybe it’s because you find yourself apologising all too often. Sometimes it seems not to even be a daily motion but an hourly one. As if one could not even control their meagre actions for more than 30 minutes at a time and when these things strike you find yourself asking yourself,

“What the Fu*k is going on?!”

If…


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Context: A reflection from a series I did for my studies several years ago, reviewed and published to encourage reflection on both a small and large scale within youth work. No real names or organisations have been revealed. The reflections all follow David Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle as a method for reflective practice.

A meeting took placement between me, my ex-girlfriend and another colleague, who are both Macedonian, about a training that was to be happening within the next few days in a rural town in North Macedonia. The meeting started by discussing a session that would have the participants…


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Context: A reflection from a series I did for my studies several years ago, reviewed and published to encourage reflection on both a small and large scale within youth work. No real names or organisations have been revealed. The reflections all follow David Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle as a method for reflective practice.

During supervision with one volunteer, I approached the subject of providing and receiving feedback to the volunteer on the last week spent at a training course in the Balkans. The subject was approached by first acknowledging his strengths during the week such as strong interaction, productive approach…


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Context: A reflection from a series I did for my studies several years ago, reviewed and published to encourage reflection on both a small and large scale within youth work. No real names or organisations have been revealed. The reflections all follow David Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle as a method for reflective practice.

The supervision began with me asking the volunteer what they felt they had achieved since becoming a volunteer with the organisation I was working for. The volunteer stated that his achievements were all experiences such as multi-cultural experience, development of theoretical knowledge through the experiential learning cycle…


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Context: A reflection from a series I did for my studies several years ago, reviewed and published to encourage reflection on both a small and large scale within youth work. No real names or organisations have been revealed. The reflections all follow David Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle as a method for reflective practice.

Concrete Experience

This reflection is about an incident where I was working on a youth exchange in the Balkans. One of the participants from Wales was a 17-year-old boy with Pakistani heritage who was heavily into bodybuilding and attending the gym. The relationship we had built up…


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The extent to which the needs of young people are being met in the youth justice system of England and Wales is a widely discussed and volatile subject. Meeting the needs of young people depends entirely on the approach the youth justice system takes. Historically the English system (which still has jurisdiction over Wales) has been a complex blend of justice with, at times, huge shifts in the balance between them. The justice approach has always depended heavily on the present government, public opinion and the type of offence. We are reminded by Martin Stephenson that welfare follows the concept…


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Back at the beginning of February, I was provided with the very ‘hand opening’ opportunity to develop my graphic facilitation skills by one of the most interesting Youth NGO’s in all of Estonia, if not the Baltics; Shokkin. Now, when it comes to drawing, visuals, art or just decent handwriting I am what you might call ‘graphically blind’ alongside my hands generally giving the very meaning to dyspraxia itself. So, all in all, I went into this expecting the worst. That’s not to say I wasn’t grateful for the opportunity. Graphic Facilitation has exploded in the world of youth work…


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‘Youth is disagreeable time, for it is neither possible then nor prudent to be productive in any sense whatsoever’

Friedrich Nietzsche

In the youth justice system, we are frequently faced with the issue of using formal court procedures with young people. There are advocates for and against with a deluge of academic, practical and experimental on why their particular view is correct. This can be quite overwhelming for the practitioner and therefore a balanced view of the benefits and disadvantages are required. …

Daniel John Carter

Youth Worker and Ponderer. Lived in Macedonia for 7 years, currently residing in Estonia. Interested in Education and Outdoors. www.dancheedusols.com

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