How to ensure the voice of the youth worker
The partners behind this project are currently implementing the project TRI—network. Tri-network seeks to strengthen the research opportunities, and to ensure a high quality in the academic issues addressed, by establishing arenas where practitioners, researchers and decision makers can meet. The aim is to create more knowledge about open youth work, about youth, and to disseminate this knowledge. The purpose of this project is to build and establish solid and sustainable arenas for a functional interaction between the system of education and representatives of the field of practices. The TRI-network will develop and publish an academic journal of open youth work. This journal is aimed to be dramatically different in the nature of its praxis.
The starting point is to explore research and share youth work philosophy and methodology from both the youth worker and youth work academic perspective. Its further purpose is to establish a grounded body of knowledge that is based in practice and research, both of which should and could be used to inform social policymakers. Youth workers should be able to share results of their work, and also be able to withstand peer review of their work. In order to ensure the high quality of content of the academic journal, and for it to really speak to the youth workers, academics and decision makers we intend to ensure that youth workers will be involved in writing articles for the AJ, as well as being peer reviewers and being represented on the editorial board. For an academic journal, peer reviewing is a sign of quality, and we will aim at a high academic level. Still we want the perspectives of youth workers to be represented, also as reviewers of the academic articles.
The peer reviewer role is a process that lasts more than a year, and requires commitment from both writers and reviewers. We will use both academic peers and youth workers as reviewers.
As well as having a peer reviewer role, we will support co-writing. The voice of the youth worker should be present in this journal, either by writing articles, or be represented by the support of academics or as peer reviewers. Co-writing is a process where a researcher cooperates with the youth worker, in order to co-create research, articles or polemics, which reflect the reality of the youth workers.
Peer reviewing gives the authors feedback so that they can improve the quality of their research papers before publication. The peer review system judges the validity, significance and originality of the work. Because it indicates that research has been scrutinized by independent experts in the field, peer review is also an important consideration for policymakers, reporters and the public when weighing up research claims and debates about science. The partnership behind this project are certain that the fact that articles are reviewed by academics as well as practitioners, ensures that practitioners has contributed to the scientific material, in the hope that this makes it even more interesting for the latter stakeholders.
If you want to be a peer reviewer, or write an article as a youth worker, please contact the project management: firstname.lastname@example.org