Mark K. Smith


Mark K. Smith

020 7540 4929

Dr. Mark K. Smith specializes in the fields of informal education, social pedagogy and community learning. Among his books are Creators not Consumers (1980, 1982), Organise! (1981), Developing Youth Work (1988), Local Education (1994), Informal Education (1996, 1999, 2005 with Tony Jeffs), The Art of Helping Others (2008, with Heather Smith), Youth Work Practice (2010, edited with Tony Jeffs) and Journeying Together (2010, edited with Alan Rogers). He writes for, and edits, and is on the editorial board of Youth and Policy.

Innovatory, action research is a particular interest. Mark K. Smith’s projects have focused on social and political education (funded by the Department of Education and Science and based at the then National Association of Youth Clubs); youth work (supported by the Rank Foundation); and community learning and development (also supported by the Rank Foundation). He has also been responsible for large scale evaluation projects – most recently with Jean Spence for the Big Lottery Fund and Department for Education (an evaluation of the English government myplace initiative).

At the moment, Mark K. Smith is working on a book on working with young people in difficult times and another (with Tony Jeffs) on social pedagogy.

Currently, he is also a foundation governor of a Catholic secondary school in an inner London borough, and was, for a number of years, chair of a nearby tenants’ cooperative that ran two tower blocks.

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