concept: Key concepts/ themes (BALANCING COMPETENCIES
our research we developed gradually some key-concepts that were useful
to analyse the empirical data from our case studies.
These concepts helped us to obtain a deeper insight into the reality of
youth unemployment and professional intervention and into what work, unemployment
and Education, Training and Guidance mean to young adults and professionals.
Those themes, that capture the essence of key domains of experience and
for policy learning from this project, are:
logics: Navigating between dreams and realities: young adults ‘inner logics’
in relation to unemployment and the labour market.
chapter enables us both to foreground and background a set of insights
that had meaning and power across the key spaces and the two year duration
of this study. Each theme is explored in ways that stay contextualised
and connected to the ground from whence its explorations and interpretations
have been derived. The themes, as described above, suggest how we provide
analysis that remains closely connected to action and practice choices.
At the same time, we do not attempt to present some neatly distilled unity
of interpretations. With each theme, we seek to convey tensions, patterns
and disjunctions that have recurred in a multiplicity of specific forms,
and to convey their systemic power, within the context of policy and practice
within the EU and each participating country. Each ‘theme’ therefore offers
a crucial and specific lens, and an opportunity for insight, yet the four
chapters have been developed as an interrelated whole." (Wildemeersch et
al., 2000, p. 51)
Activating ‘agency’? Dilemmas of empowerment and disempowerment at the
living interface of policy and practice.
Professional: Doing for or doing with? Towards the notion of ‘co-interpreting
Spaces that make a difference: Co-creating alternative cultures of learning.