M.A. EYS Student Portfolio


by Musa Akgul

This part is always my favorite because it gives me the opportunity to reflect the second time on what I expect, and this time this question sounds more realistic because you know you are selected and now it is time to have more concrete things. I am involved in youth work practically for long years. By the time I have noticed the missed part which is the theoretical . For me this is another important part of the puzzle and I strongly want to :

learn the academic dimension of youth work, learn from the other people involved who has lots of different practical and theoretical work experiences, Challange myself for a new learning elements and finally link this study with my MA and thesis that I am doing on on the European Union studies.

3 comments on ‘Expectations’

Howard Williamson — 13 January 2011 18:48
So we are already finding our common ground through Kant - that has got to be a good start!
Musa Akgul — 13 January 2011 18:39
:))) Howard , I totally agree and this was the main reason for me to join this course. Practice-theory?? which shall we focus more? This is still a huge discussion and I can say sometimes this even efect the cooperation of the academic people and the practitioners. 'For, as Kant said, there is nothing more practical than a good theory' I think this what ı have learned so far and thats why I started with MA here in Turkey and also very happy to start with this course.Untill now all my experiences with the MA (in turkey) proof the saying of Kant in my life...
Howard Williamson — 13 January 2011 17:41
Dear Musa, I think yours is a classic story with regard to youth practitioners. I am also a youth worker by profession. I ran a youth centre in a big English city for 25 years and I contributed as a fieldwork supervisor for youth work students at the local college. There was always a striking absence of theoretical input OR the kind of completely overwhelming theory (about oppression or patriarchy, for example) that it completely paralysed some students. What was worse, however, was the frequent lack of curiosity on the part of students about the theoretical underpinnings to their work. I am so glad that you are rather different in that respect. For, as Kant said, there is nothing more practical than a good theory. Of course, youth work is guided and governed by a range of theoretical positions that are often at odds with current political thinking about what youth work should be doing. Finding a path through this morass can be tough going - perhaps that is why some youth workers find it rather easier to avoid the theory....? Best wishes for now, Howard