Beyond professionalism: The child and youth care worker as craftsman

Zvi Eisikovits, Jerome Beker

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In an effort to move the professionalization dialogue in child and youth care toward greater concern with the quality of client service and toward move conceptually-based consideration of the content of the work, the authors propose that the field be viewed as a craft. An initial approximation of such a conceptualization as it might look through the eyes of most current workers is followed by a discussion of possible implications for progress in significant areas of concern in the field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415-434
Number of pages20
JournalChild and Youth Care Forum
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2001

Bibliographical note

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From Child Care Quarterly, 1983, 12(2), 93–112. *This paper is a modified and expanded version of one presented by the senior author at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, Edinburgh, Scotland, April 1981. The authors wish to acknowledge the support of the Richard Crossman Chair in Social Policy and Planning, School of Social Work, University of Haifa, and the Agricultural Experiment Station of the University of Minnesota (Scientific Journal Series, No. 11,910), as well as the conceptual contributions of Mike Baizerman, F. Herbert Barnes, Rivka Eisikovits, and Henry W. Maier.


  • Craft model of child and youth care work
  • Professionalization of child and youth care work
  • Youth development
  • Youthwork

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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