Psychologised Adolescents and Sociologised Youth: Rethinking Young People in Education in the 21st Century

By Tina Besley.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Critiques two discourses which have enabled new ways of thinking about youth in the postmodern condition

International Journal of Learning, Volume 8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 552.059KB).

Dr Tina Besley

Tina Besley has only recently moved into academia where her interests remain centred on youth, but have taken a more philosophical tack as she attempts to uncover questions about our Western cultural practices and assumptions. Tina spent over sixteen years working in co-educational secondary schools teaching geography, social studies, English, management studies, health and social education. She has been a school counsellor for twelve years, with six spent as Head of Guidance at Rutherford College, Auckland, New Zealand, a large multi-ethnic urban secondary school. This position involved personal counselling, developing school policies and running a department that was deeply involved with the pastoral care and emotional well-being of all students. In the community, Tina has been a volunteer in telephone counselling for LifeLine. For many years, she has been active in committee work for the New Zealand Association of Counsellors, holding various positions, including Secretary of the Auckland branch and on the national Membership Committee. Tina was involved in setting up and managing a number of community initiatives in West Auckland – a truancy project; ‘Strengthening Families’ project for inter-agency co-operation in dealing with children’s problems; and in youth activities. Tina has written on Maori sexuality as a bi-cultural component and was on a committee advising on the mental health component of the New Zealand health and physical education curriculum. She has presented workshops on parent-teenager communication, grief, youth suicide and appraisal and performance management for school counselling. She has presented seminars in New Zealand, USA, Europe and China and at many international conferences, including AERA, EERA, SERA, PESGB (Philosophy of Education Association of Great Britain), INPE (International Network for Philosophers of Education), the Learning Conference and IAC (International Association of Counsellors). She has written many journal articles that link her interests of youth, counselling and philosophy of education.

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