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Investigating educational issues across Europe (ACROSS Base)
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Method Case study: In-depth case studies (BALANCING COMPETENCIES)
Description "Empirical research and learning from practice in the context of ‘real time encounters’ between professionals and young adults was especially focused in this project by twelve in depth case studies, two in each country. Each country’s pair of case studies was selected to enable us to systematically enhance understanding - our own and that of others – about what was happening at the living interfaces of: 
  • youth unemployment and Education, Training and Guidance policy intentions;
  • professionals ‘intervention logics’ with unemployed young adults;
  • young adults’ own inner logics about their situations, and their processes of learning, meaning and identity construction with respect to economic and social participation;
  • actual encounters within particular cultures of learning, in the context of various employment, training and guidance strategies adopted to ‘make a difference’ with these youth and to their unemployment and;
  • individual choice and social responsibility in changing social and labour market conditions.
The first case study was selected to illustrate an intervention strategy – employment, training or guidance related – that reflected mainstream policy concerns, in the context of dynamically shifting regional and national preoccupations. The second case study focussed on programmes that were trying to develop alternatives to mainstream practices in the context of working with multiply disadvantaged young adults.

...In our selection of case studies, we wanted explicitly to better understand and reveal dilemmas and possibilities at the lived interface of professional and young adults encounters, within programmes that themselves were contextualised by particular kinds of socio-economic, historical and policy and practice/choice framing influences in each specific region and country." (Wildemeersch et al., 2000, pp. 2f., 30)

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