Course detailsLearning takes place throughout life - in different ways, in different contexts. It's almost impossible to stop people learning, in some form or other, all the time. This is very useful for youth development workers. Learning is a powerful tool that we can use deliberately to improve knowledge and enhance skills. If you can direct learning along appropriate channels, then you will accelerate the process and help young people to develop very rapidly.
The aim of this program is to introduce you to the ideas and practices of learning that are relevant to youth development work. The module focuses on the role of youth development workers as educators, or to put it another way, as 'learning facilitators'. We prefer this term because it indicates that your role will be to help and guide the very powerful internal learning processes in young people, rather than to control them.
The module explores different theories of learning and their influences. It identifies the different ways in which people learn and the factors that inhibit or facilitate learning. It also considers experiential learning as a method that is appropriate to youth development workers, and examines appropriate strategies for face-to face work with young people and adults.
When you successfully complete this program, you should be able to:
Give an overview of important psychological and philosophical principles relevant to 'education for all' and youth development work.
Describe the characteristics of informal education and apply this knowledge to youth development work.
Make use of the techniques of informal and experiential learning in youth development work and enable other people to use it.
Describe your own and other people's learning style(s) and mode of intelligence.
Identify factors that help and factors that hinder people's learning, particularly in informal settings.
Devise effective strategies for learning with a range of individuals and groups in youth development work.
Who Should Attend?
Youth workers in government departments, corporates and NGOs.
Student activities coordinators.
School and University teachers.
Professionals responsible for youth policy formulation and strategy development.
What is Learning?
Thinking about learning
How adults learn best
Education for All
A positive philosophy of learning
Developing the whole person
Types of learning and education
Agents of informal education
Implications for youth development work
What Helps and What Hinders Learning?
A good learning environment
Factors that hinder learning
What is learning style?
Learning style models
Meeting learner needs
Socio-cultural background and learning
Facilitating Adult Learning
Communication and participation
Designing the program
Selecting learning strategies
Evaluation Updated on 10 October, 2018
About Matsh Youth Development
Matsh is a Youth Development enterprise aims to provide developmental services and programs for young people. The main objective of Matsh is to professionalize youth work in the Middle East and North Africa region by providing Youth Development and Youth Work capacity building programs for youth workers, formulating code of ethics and standards for youth work sector in MENA region, providing policy and strategy development and management consultancy for youth development institutions.See all Matsh Youth Development courses
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