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Exploring professional development process of out-of-school youth workers

  • 한국청소년활동연구
  • Abbr : SKYA
  • 2020, 6(4), pp.43-70
  • DOI : 10.36697/skya.2020.6.4.43
  • Publisher : Korea Youth Activity Research Association
  • Research Area : Natural Science > Life Sciences > Child Study > Adolescence Science
  • Received : November 28, 2020
  • Accepted : December 24, 2020
  • Published : December 31, 2020

Chang, Seung Hee 1

1장안대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study explored the ways of thinking, attitude, behavior and professional development of social workers who have worked for more than 10 years to support out-of-school youth. The purpose of this study was to find out how to develop the professionalism of out-of-school youth workers. There were three participants, one male with over 10 years of youth welfare experience and two females with over 20 years. The result of the study was to explore what components of expertise developed in the process of interaction between which factors. Participants in the study showed a pattern of expanding their ego as they constantly had a sense of problems created in the face of changes and challenges in society's internal and external environments. The core themes shown in this study are ① through self-expansion to shared growth ② the expansion of the self-self of workers with help from organizations and youth ③ change of thinking to cope with the troubles of the role of workers ④ efforts to resolve the conflict of job identity ⑤ organizational environment It appeared as a journey of agonizing and growing within. The process of self-development of youth activities outside of school by utilizing the strengths of the workers themselves, i.e., creativity to create what is necessary for the target was the basis for coping with troubles, immersion toward youth outside of school, and the driving force for long-term implementation of the mission. Finally, a summary of the research participants' opinions on the out-of-school youth worker specialization and their relationship-forming attitude characteristics are presented under the theme of "professional virtualization made in relation".

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.