Youth clubs as spaces of non-formal learning: professional idealism meets the spatiality experienced by young people in Finland

We propose that youth workers tend to present an educational ideal which can be termed the pedagogy of loose space

Tomi Kiilakoski; Antti Kivijärvi

2014

Scholarcy highlights

  • Youth clubs as spaces of non-formal learning: professional idealism meets the spatiality experienced by young people in Finland
  • Youth clubs constitute a key instrument for learning outside the school curriculum
  • We propose that youth workers tend to present an educational ideal which can be termed the pedagogy of loose space
  • This implies that educational outcomes are achieved when a diverse group of young people is able to decide what they want to do under the guidance of a professional youth worker
  • This article is based on a research project that was supported by The Kanuuna Network

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