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Exploring the Dynamics of Power in Professionalizing Afterschool

NCJ Number
Child & Youth Services Volume: 34 Issue: 2 Dated: April- June 2013 Pages: 172-185
Deborah Moore
Date Published
June 2013
14 pages
This article discusses creating a set of practice standards for youth workers.
Prevailing narrative in the afterschool literature is premised on the idea that becoming a profession is required to build and sustain the field. Little reflects the concerns of practitioners that current strategies to professionalize do not reflect the complex and diverse nature of the work. This article uses critical theory to explore the imbalance of power in current discussions. The author argues that there are both benefits and drawbacks to current strategies, but unless practitioners and youth lead the design and decisionmaking, efforts to professionalize will not fully advance the field. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.