Culture and Development

Goodlad’s notion of “nurturing pedagogy” suggests that it is an educator’s responsibility to provide an environment that encourages learning and values each student as “capable of learning”(Goodlad, n.d.) by accounting for student interests, their well being, and developmental levels. Not to be overlooked is the need to provide high-quality services for new English language learners.

Emotional pain which manifests itself in problem behaviours is, for many children and youth, a part of their everyday struggle through life. Kids growing up in residential care or in a dysfunctional family or setting suffer this pain. Connecting with kids in pain, the primary task for youth workers, is made all the more difficult, the greater the pain that the young person experiences.

Pairing youth at risk for academic failure with college students as mentors results in
improved attendance and school performance for youth as well as a deeper understanding of poverty and social injustice and an increased sense of responsibility and commitment to action for college mentors.

Current research about young women who play roles of both bully and victim is expanded to reveal new insights and unique experiences from the perspective of female bully-victims.

Young Black males are an at-risk group for earning a living through illegal activities in the U.S. Rather than writing off youth who become involved in the illegal economy, organizational leaders and academicians could encourage these youth to transfer their ambitions and aspirations to legal business opportunities.

Homelessness for young people has immense challenges. This author’s composite of stories from many of the youth she has encountered provokes thought regarding youth who find it impossible to live in their home environments. All names have been changed.

Children’s lives in today’s culture are filled with numerous decisions in a pressure-cooker atmosphere of frequently self-destructive peers and overly materialistic, sexually exploitive, and violent media that affect their daily welfare. As a result, too often tragedies result from children’s lack of healthy judgment and choices.

Learning communities can reach reluctant learners by providing multiple opportunities for recognizing the inner gifts each child possesses and tapping these strengths to foster personal mastery and independence.

Youth in conflict frustrate efforts to teach, counsel, or guide them. While the importance of trusting relationships is clear, few have formal training in building such bonds. The challenges of building different levels of therapeutic connections with youth are explored.

Arnold P. Goldstein (1933-2002) was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his world-renowned contribution to research and intervention in preventing violence. Goldstein described how his model of Aggression Replacement Training ® [ART ®] was deeply rooted in the work of other pioneers in this field.