Jane R Melvin

Jane R Melvin
University of Brighton · School of Education

Ed.D. M.A., B.Ed,

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Introduction
I am a Principal Lecturer and Programme Leader for the Undergraduate Work-based Learning Programme at the University of Brighton, UK, which includes a BA (Hons) Youth Work. I am currently Vice-Chair of the Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work (TAG PALYCW) in the UK, and a founder director of the Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Work Associations (CAYWA). I am also a Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). With over 25 years experience in both local authority and voluntary sector youth services, I came into youth work through outdoor and experiential education, and have just completed a Professional Doctorate in Education (Ed D) with a thesis titled 'Digital Tools, Spaces and Places as Mediators of Youth Work Practice.
Education
September 2010 - February 2018
University of Brighton
Field of study
  • Youth and Community Work Practice
September 1989 - June 1992
Brunel University London
Field of study
  • Youth and Community Work Studies
September 1982 - June 1985
Normal College, Bangor (University of North Wales)
Field of study
  • Outdoor Education and English

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Introduction The aim of this chapter is to discuss the future of online youth work. From the outset, I would like to suggest that there is no future for online youth work: rather, the future lies in youth workers’ ability to work with young people to manage and develop their online and digital lives, and for young people to contribute to decisions...
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A presentation to Finnish youth workers commissioned by VERKE, the National Centre of Expertise for Digital Youth Work in Finland. This is supported by a podcast which can be found at: https://media.zencast.fm/digital-youth-work-sessions/episodes/5
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A online article for Coyote Magazine (issue 26) reflecting a presentation given to the Director Generals of Youth of the Council for Europe in Tallinn, Estonia, in October 2017.
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This paper will explore the potential of Developmental Work Research (DWR) as a method of enhancing collaborative creativity or problem-solving within youth and community work teams. Underpinned by cultural historical activity theory (CHAT), DWR has frequently been used as a method of examining work practices, identifying change, and imagining new...
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Digital Tools, Spaces and Places as Mediators of Youth Work Practice. In the context of English youth and community work, this research project investigates digital tools, spaces and places as mediators of youth work practice, and proposes a model formulated through the identification of expansive drivers to guide both professional conduct and cu...
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A presentation to the Directors General for Youth of the European Union exploring the potential for the use of digital tools, spaces and places as mediators of youth work practice.
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This paper will explore the potential of Developmental Work Research (DWR) as a method of enhancing collaborative creativity or problem-solving within youth and community work teams. Underpinned by cultural historical activity theory (CHAT), DWR has frequently been used as a method of examining work practices, identifying change, and imagining new...
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This essay is the result of a workshop facilitated at the Centre for Youth Impact's gathering in 2016.
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Many young people's lives are significantly affected by digital spaces and places and the technologies which make interaction in these spaces and places, possible. Based on current doctoral research, this paper proposes a model representing the scope for 'digital youth work', whilst posing questions about the efficacy of digital spaces and places a...
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By the end of this chapter, readers will be able to: - relate digital practice to existing areas of youth work - consider the ethical and organisational implications of digital practice - evaluate futures in digital youth work
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Readings for Reflective Teaching in Early Education is a unique portable library of exceptional readings drawing together seminal extracts and contemporary literature from international sources from books and journals to support both initial study and extended career-long professionalism for early years practitioners. Introductions to each reading...
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“The path of least resistance and least trouble is a mental rut already made. It requires troublesome work to undertake the alteration of old beliefs" (Dewey, 1933). Abstract Young people’s lives have been significantly (though not uniformly) affected by the growth of digital technologies and the modes of, and fora for, communication and interactio...
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Young people's lives have been significantly (though not uniformly) affected by the growth of digital technologies and the modes of, and fora for, communication and interaction which these make possible. This raises the question of how effectively youth work and its associated practices respond to young people's needs in this emerging and fast deve...
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Jane Melvin: University of Brighton Sept 20131 FROM “PARALYSING MYTHS" TO CURRICULUM EXPANSION: boundaries, spaces and territoriesand the place of new technologies ABSTRACT The use of digital tools within youth work contexts contributes to improved outcomes for youngpeople such as increased communication, information-sharing, conversation and disc...
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FROM “PARALYSING MYTHS” 1 TO CURRICULUM EXPANSION: equipping youth &community work students to meet the needs of young people today. Underpinned by cultural historical activity theory (CHAT) and concepts of expansive andtrialogical learning, this doctoral research will use Developmental Work Research (DWR)methods to investigate how undergraduate pr...
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"Due to a lack of current studies relating to youth workers ‘ use of digital tools within their work with young people , the research focuses on where digital tools support the UK youth work curriculum. It draws on both John Dewey’s pragmatism and Lev Vygotsky’s cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT) , that of “knowledge as something that is a...
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"Due to a lack of current studies relating to youth workers ‘ using digital tools within their work (Davies, 2011) , the research focuses on the UK youth work curriculum, taking into account core values and underpinning philosophies such as empowerment, equality, participation and voluntary engagement. Drawing on Dewey’s pragmatism and Vygotsky’s c...
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"Due to a lack of current studies relating to youth workers ‘ use of digital tools within their work with young people , the research focuses on where digital tools fit within the UK youth work curriculum, taking into account core values and underpinning philosophies such as empowerment, equality, participation and voluntary engagement. Drawing on...

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