Concept 2022-08-12T13:46:45+01:00 Gary Fraser Open Journal Systems <p>The Journal of Contemporary Community Education Practice Theory. Concept offers a lively independent forum for critical debate and exchange of ideas in contemporary Community Education. Community Education is seen in the broadest sense to include community work, adult education and youth work and takes place in a range of settings and agencies. We see the concept of community education as dynamic and diverse and do not seek to reflect a fixed view.</p> Post-Covid Youth Work and Mental Wellbeing of Young People Across Scotland and England 2022-08-12T11:31:01+01:00 DR Andie Reynolds Alison Ni Charraighe <p>This article seeks to contribute to the debate about the current and future support needs of young people (aged 11-25) across Scotland and England who are experiencing mental distress in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. In doing so, it focuses on the profession that works specifically with this age range – youth work - and youth work practice across Scotland and England, and then examines the challenges and opportunities for the profession. It concludes that youth work, and youth workers, are well placed to provide much needed initial mental health support to young people, but that the profession urgently needs the UK and Scottish Governments to financially (re)invest in its infrastructure to deliver this provision.</p> 2022-08-12T09:29:23+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Participatory action research and disability activism 2022-08-12T13:46:45+01:00 Alex Callaghan <p>This article centres on my dissertation in Arts, Festival and Cultural Management at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. It explored whether participatory action research is appropriate for aiding the formation of disability arts-based policy recommendations in collaboration with Scottish-based disabled artists. These recommendations were intended for Creative Scotland, the national public arts funding body. The article will explain why this<br>project was chosen, revealing that the reasons were partly personal. My upbringing and educational background have created a resolute stance that disabled people are acutely disadvantaged by normative social constructs. As will be contended, the academic and creative realms are not exempt from the shortcomings of an ableist macro paradigm, and this has been central to the research. Some key findings and provisional policy recommendations<br>will be touched upon which suggest that Creative Scotland could learn from paying closer attention to disabled artists’ views, and models of good practice elsewhere. A core strand will rest on the interplay between structure and agency - the possibilities for personal agency within the structures of policy and politics. Whilst a central problem in undertaking the research was capacity, in particular the limited duration of the fieldwork, nonetheless the research model enabled unanticipated collaborations, and exposed progressive ideas and routes which, if taken, could potentially lead to enacting change. The article will consider personal reflections on the research and my role within it, uncovering both real and imagined experienced. In doing so, a reminder of the importance of connecting theory to practice surfaced, honing the pivotal qualities a community educator should aim for, namely<br>facilitating dialogue and claiming democratic spaces.</p> 2022-08-12T09:59:38+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Rethinking community activism as policy, politics and practice: the current crisis 2022-08-12T11:31:02+01:00 Mae Shaw <p>Transcript of a keynote speech given at the 2020 conference of The Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults (SCUTREA) during the first Covid 19 lockdown</p> 2022-08-12T10:14:41+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Co-Design and Conservation: A Case-Study from RSPB Biosecurity for LIFE in Coastal and Island Primary Schools and Youth Groups Across Scotland 2022-08-12T13:18:31+01:00 Joseph S Boyle Laura Copley <p>Here, we reflect on the process and outcomes of co-designing seabird conservation resources with upper-primary-aged pupils. We focused on biosecurity (protecting wildlife from potential invasive species), an intellectually and emotionally complex topic which includes many social issues alongside ecology. Public awareness and understanding are vital to biosecurity, and we aimed to engage schools and pupils as key stakeholders in their local biodiversity and its protection. Using a youth work approach, we facilitated pupils’ direction of their own learning practices and the development of creative, reflective, and evaluative skills. Through co-design, we developed more relevant, desired, and empowering resources than conventional methods could produce. From April to June 2021, we worked with 106 young people across Scotland as part of the Biosecurity for LIFE project, raising local awareness of biosecurity as part of the project’s wider conservation aims. Teachers and pupils flourished within the six-week programme and its co-design framework, developing outstanding work and quickly adapting to a novel topic. Teachers saw positive outcomes throughout the Curriculum for Excellence and Learning for Sustainability, much of which came from pupils’ generative and collaborative working. The resources produced met the needs of staff and students, including local specificity, flexibility, and Gaelic translation, with pupils’ outputs emphasising creative and active ways of learning. We see co-design as a useful and empowering model for conservation education, helping teachers to navigate demanding curricula and pupils to direct their own learning, find their voice, and cover issues relevant to their own experiences.</p> 2022-08-12T10:38:46+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## London Edinburgh Weekend Group (2020) In and Against the State, London, Pluto Press, pbk, 192 pages, 9780745341811, £14.99 2022-08-12T11:31:01+01:00 Anne O'Donnell <p>In and Against the State began as a pamphlet published in 1979 on the eve of the election of the Conservative government led by Margaret Thatcher. It was then<br>published as a book by Pluto Press a year later. The 2021 edition is both a reprint of the Pluto Press book and a look at how its arguments still hold up in a very different context. The writers of the book were a group of socialists working within the state who were questioning the contradictions and potential opportunities of their position. The members of the group travelled between Edinburgh and London and hence the group name, The London Edinburgh Weekend Return Group.<br>The 2021 edition updates the book with a forward by John Holloway, one of the London Edinburgh Weekend Return Group, an introduction by editor Seth Wheeler and an interview with John McDonnell. McDonnell was part of the Greater London Council until its demise in 1986 and is now a Labour MP who was in Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet.</p> 2022-08-12T10:58:09+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Emma Dowling (2022) The Care Crisis: What Caused It and How Can We End It? London: Verso, paperback 288pp, ISBN 9781786630353 £9.99 2022-08-12T11:31:02+01:00 Eilidh Lamb <p>University of Vienna professor of sociology Emma Dowling presents a cogent exploration of how austerity measures and the privatisation of social welfare and health<br>services in the UK have resulted in a lack of suitable options for those in need. She notes that women are more likely than men to lose income as a result of caring for<br>children; that people of colour are disproportionately harmed by government cuts in spending on social care; and that migrants make up a significant proportion of care workers and are often paid below the minimum wage. Since the 1990s, Dowling explains, local authorities have been encouraged to contract out care services to private providers, supposedly with the goal of offering more personalised care. Corporate takeovers, however, have resulted in a focus on shareholder profits rather<br>than effective provision. Her proposed solutions include reducing privatisation, “publicly funding new and innovative models for care,” and improving working<br>conditions for health-care employees. Blending sociological research and in-depth interviews, Dowling touches on many issues faced by both the recipients of care and the providers of care in the UK and the US, presenting a lucid and alarming picture of how political decisions have place obstacles in the way of progress towards better care. Readers on both sides of the Atlantic will appreciate this passionate and persuasive call for reform.</p> 2022-08-12T11:14:34+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##