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BSA Youth Study Group
(Re) minding the Gap: Young People and the Gap Year in contemporary
University of Surrey
10th January 2007
The Gap Year has been defined as a period of 'time-out' from education
or employment. It has become a growing trend amongst some young people
entering and leaving higher education, both in the UK and other
contemporary Western societies. However, academics have been relatively
slow to investigate this phenomenon; a factor that, in part, may be a
reflection of the diversity of the contemporary Gap Year experience, in
terms of its range of activities and potential locations.
This one-day seminar is to bring together, for the first time, academics
whose work addresses this phenomenon together with representatives from
organisations involved in Gap Year provision.
Professor Sue Heath, Southampton University - "UK-Based Volunteering,
Active Citizenship and the Gap Year"
Dr Kate Simpson, Newcastle University - "Knowing Me, Knowing You:
Critical Pedagogy, International Volunteering and the Gap Year"
Dr Andrew Jones, Birkbeck College, University of London - "Overseas
Volunteering, Gap Years and Development: Making Sense of the Debate"
Katya Williams, London Metropolitan University, - "The Comprehensive Gap
Year: White, Middle-Class Young People's Reflections on Inner-City
Helene Snee, University of Manchester - "The Online Gap Year: Blogs,
Capital and Self-Improvement"
Novie Johan, University of Guelph - "Beyond a Year Away: Gap Year Travel
as an Experiential Learning Experience"
Thomas Thurnell-Read, University of Warwick - "The Good, the Bad and the
In/Authentic: Narrating Gap Year Experience"
Tara Duncan, Royal Geographic Society - "What's the Point of a Gap
Attendance at the seminar is free. However, in order to facilitate
planning if you are interested in attending please email Andy King at
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