bio

mark k smith

This is the long version of my bio:

Dr Mark K. Smith is a researcher and educator based in London at Developing Learning. He was the Rank Research Fellow and Tutor at the YMCA George Williams College, London (a college linked to Canterbury Christ Church University) and has been a visiting professor in community education at the University of Strathclyde. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Specializing in the fields of informal education, social pedagogy and community learning, Mark Smith has worked as a careers officer, youth and community worker, and project coordinator. Currently, he is a member of the steering committee overseeing the UK development of standards for social pedagogy. Mark K Smith also has considerable experience of developing distance learning, virtual learning and professional education in both further and higher education.

Mark K Smith  grew up in Hemel Hempstead, studied economics with politics at the University of Lancaster, and gained his doctorate in the philosophy of education from the University of London.

Among his books are Creators not Consumers (1980, 1982), Organise! (1981), Developing Youth Work (1988), Local Education (1994), Informal Education (1996, 1999, 2005, 2016 with Tony Jeffs), The Art of Helping Others (2008, with Heather Smith), Youth Work Practice (2010, edited with Tony Jeffs),  Journeying Together (2010, edited with Alan Rogers), Learning through outdoor experience (2012, edited with Alan Rogers) and Youth work and faith (2015, edited with Naomi Stanton and Tom Wylie). He writes for, and edits, infed.org and is on the editorial board of Youth and Policy.

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

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 evaluatory work – most recently with Jean Spence for the Big Lottery Fund and Department for Education (an evaluation of the English government myplace initiative).

Up until recently he was 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.