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ECU working to renew education for youth workers nationally

Thursday, 26 August 2010

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Higher education youth work programs from across Australia will receive a boost, as a result of a comprehensive project to be run by Edith Cowan University (ECU).

Funded by a $214,000 priority project grant by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) the project entitled ‘Australian youth work education: curriculum renewal and a model for sustainability for niche professionals,’ will renew the curriculum for youth work professional education in Australia.

Led by ECU’s Associate Professor of Social Science, Trudi Cooper, the project team will work with a network of professionals from universities across Australia, to share courseware and educational materials to facilitate future benchmarking, create professional pathways, and establish reciprocal international recognition of Australian youth work qualifications.

Professor Cooper said the project will ensure the new curriculum for youth work degrees is consistent across Australia, aligns with local and international requirements, and anticipates the future needs of the profession.

“The project will also promote long-term change through the establishment of a cross-sectoral youth work educators’ network, and will be invaluable in providing a framework for the future requirements of youth work professionals.

“It will articulate the aspirations, values and guiding principles of Australian university youth work education and encompass the relationship with the Vocational Education and Training Youth Worker training curriculum,” said Professor Cooper.

ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox said the project reinforces the University’s commitment to improving education options for all Australians.

“Our priorities focus on working towards solving real problems across the social, economical, physical and environmental spectrums,” Professor Cox said.

The project team includes representatives from Australian Youth Work professional degree programs including the Australian Catholic University, RMIT and Victoria University and will run over an 18-month period.

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