We are happy to announce that an abstract about YOWOMO2.0 by Lutz Siemer has been accepted for oral presentation at the 3rd Social Networking in Cyberspace conference (SNIC 2015) in Wolverhampton, UK. The conference is hosted by the CRUW research group (Cyberpsychology Research at the University of Wolverhampton) based in the Institute of Psychology. It will be a two-day event and will take place on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th of September, 2015. The conference will be held on the main city campus of the University of Wolverhampton, West Midlands, U.K.
Lutz Siemer is affiliated with both HeurekaNet – Freies Institut für Bildung, Forschung und Innovation e.V., Germany, and Saxion Universtiy of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands.
Abstract for an oral presentation at Social Networking in Cyberspace conference (SNIC 2015)
Title: Youth Work Mobile 2.0 (YOWOMO2.0) - A competence framework for youth work in the age of smartphones and social media
Abstract: The digital world increasingly forms young people’s natural habitat. Both the training of youth workers and their professional practice are challenged by the growing importance of smartphones and social media in young people’s lives. The knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for professional youth work in this age are described in the YOWOMO2.0 competence framework. This framework has been developed together by a European Leonardo da Vinci Partnership of youth work organisations, vocational and educational training organisations, and research and development organisations. This presentation gives insight into the competences, demonstrates how these competences are used - giving practical examples - , and makes recommendations for further implementation. Qualitative and quantitative data collected for the evaluation of the pilot-trainings show that the competence framework and the educational tools – for instance a competence quiz for self-assessment – are both usable and useful. Our experience of piloting theses competences suggests that implementing these widely in youth work education and training will ultimately benefit young people.