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World Scouting: Educating for Global Citizenship [Paperback]

Eduard Vallory
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22 May 2013 1137353562 978-1137353566 Reprint
This is the very first book to look at scouting worldwide and explain in a comprehensible way the largest youth movement on the planet, with a presence in over 165 countries on 5 continents. Based on the first academic research on world scouting, it covers the history of boy and girl scouting from its origins to the present, its structure and recognition policy, and its role in developing ideas of global citizenship and belonging. Using new data and storytelling, Eduard Vallory discusses the main elements that distinguish the scout movement all over the world; explains its origin, evolution, operating system, and values; and deals with its controversies.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; Reprint edition (22 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1137353562
  • ISBN-13: 978-1137353566
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"Written in a very exciting style that will make you want to keep reading till the end, this book explains the main findings of a prior academic research on World Scouting that was accomplished earlier by the same author as part of his doctoral research. Using new data and a storytelling technique, the current work revisits how Scouting started, showing its informal launching and its historical evolution throughout the twentieth century. The book analyzes Scouting's structure and recognition policy, its role in developing ideas of global citizenship and belonging, and the spirit of Scouting."  - World Scout Bureau

"I have just finished reading Eduard Vallory's excellent new book. It is quite possibly the best discourse on World Scouting and non-formal education I have ever had the good fortune to read. He combines a forensic exploration of the Movement's roots and history with a fascinating examination of some of the thorny issues with which we all grapple today, as Scouting claims its position as the world's most influential membership organisation for young people. Vallory's style, whilst uncompromising in its academic rigour, is highly readable for a reader who normally prefers 'doing' Scouting to studying it. It is essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand Scouting and its educational mission." - John May, Vice-Chairman of the World Scout Committee and the Secretary General of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award for Young People

"The twenty-first century could aptly be termed the century of learning and teaching in that those will be the definitive social processes to determine the fate of humanity as we face growing environmental, political, demographic, or economic global challenges. Education has been deeply rethought around the world with greater emphasis on the long-term outcomes of education, on learning in context in order to emphasize the development of skills, of practical know how, in addition to the development of academic knowledge. There is also growing awareness of the importance of developing civic identity, character, individual agency, and responsibility. This book is a fascinating account of how the World Scout Movement has addressed these issues over the last century. In an engaging historical and sociological analysis, Vallory examines how this global movement of nonformal education wrestled with the tensions between shaping civic identity in ways that carefully negotiated the commitment and loyalty to local, national, and global communities. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding how social movements and voluntary organizations can successfully contribute to preparing our youth to develop some of the competencies that will most matter to their ability to take charge of their future." - Fernando Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of International Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

"The research which Eduard Vallory has produced is not just exceptional, it is unique, because it is the first ever written academic study on World Scouting, both in its origin, evolution, and globality. This book thus fills a great void. It should become a landmark in the 'history of education' as it demonstrates how the world's largest and oldest youth movement has contributed and still contributes to structuring the personality of yesterday's and today's youth towards a most needed local and global citizenship."  - Dr. Jacques Moreillon, Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (1988-2004), former Director General of the International Committee of the Red Cross

"This book shows that the diversity of the Scout movement makes it one of the biggest multicultural and multidenominational world networks for education and joint action with young people. In addition, Vallory also unveils how Scouting values of peace, tolerance, and solidarity shape responsible individuals into global citizens with critical thinking skills and a commitment to human rights – individuals who are willing to make a change anywhere they find injustice. Today, when the transition from a culture of imposition, violence, and war to a culture of dialogue, conciliation, and peace is more urgent than ever, the everyday behaviour guided by these values can become crucial for the emancipation of a humanity 'relieved from fear and misery', as enshrined in the Preamble of the Universal Declaration." - Federico Mayor Zaragoza, Director-General of the UNESCO (1987-1999); Chairman of the Foundation for a Culture of Peace

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This is of course a rather broad statement to make, and a part of the key is of course in the adjective, modern Scouting. The books by Lord Baden-Powell that form the basis of our movement even today are, however, not about modern Scouting and they need to be read with an eye to adapting what is said to where the Movement is today.

Vallory’s book takes its outset in precisely that: where Scouting and the Scout Movement is today; combining a deep respect for the history of the Movement with a good understanding of where we are today and a keen eye for the challenges our Movement is facing and where we may find solutions.

World Scouting: Educating for Global Citizenship is divided into three parts. The first part deals with the history of World Scouting; the second part is about the ideology of the Scout Movement (WHY and HOW we do Scouting today) and how Scouting is organised in the two world organisations; and the third part deals with the citizenship education of the book’s sub-title.

In the first part of the book Vallory sets out by outlining the starting point of Scouting in a specific British Imperial context, tracing the evolution of Scouting until the 1920 formal establishment of the international organisation as the beginning of World Scouting.
The establishment of a democratic international organisation for World Scouting does, of course, not mark an abrupt change in the values and methods of Scouting, but it is nonetheless an important milestone, and a practical marker in discussing the changes that did occur in this period, as Scouting became World Scouting under the guidance and leadership of Lord Baden-Powell (B-P). Vallory describes the evolution of World Scouting, following this up with an overview of censuses of the World Movement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 11 Sep 2013
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This was brought to my attention by a Dutch scouting colleague. I bought it, started to read it and could not put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful insight into the guiding and scouting worlds 3 Jun 2013
By barbara calvi - Published on Amazon.com
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World Scouting: Educating for Global Citizenship is a book that will help any volunteer, leader, or social worker get a clearer picture of the foundations of two of the most solid youth organizations around the globe. Gathering more than 40 million young people, girls and boys, guiding and scouting play an active role wherever they are. This book offers a global perspective of a movement - or two movements: guiding and scouting - which is firmly grounded in each national society and educate young people to be responsible citizens.
By reading World Scouting: Educating for Global Citizenship or World Scouting you may begin to understand how critical decisions that have sparked media interest have come to be or two world organizations (the World Organization of the Scout Movement - WOSM - and the World Organization of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts - WAGGGS) are capable of recognizing the 100 years' old "spirit of scouting" within their 160+ national organizations.
No matter what your background is, it is a pleasurable read, with hard - unpublished - data, of a success story that started with the simple vision of a single man who was able to share it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Insightful Look into Scouting 19 May 2013
By R Merola - Published on Amazon.com
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"World Scouting: Educating for Global Citizenship" is a must-read for anybody involved or interested in the scout movement, citizenship education, or international education. It explores the history of scouting in a succinct and very readable fashion, showing how sociological forces have shaped the movement, and vice versa. The book's profound and unique account of scouting allows a deeper understanding of where scouting is headed in the 21st century and conveys its subtle yet powerful ability to transform society, educate young people, and change the world.

Like the scout movement itself, this book is accessibly written and highly impacting to a range of audiences. It will leave you with a lasting understanding of the power of scouting and its ability to change the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well thought-out and insightful book 20 May 2012
By R Gil - Published on Amazon.com
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In this book, Dr Vallory seems to use his expertise as a young scout and his experience in politics to analyze the scouting move as a source of civil movements that go beyond international borders. It is fascinating to discover and read about parallels of this movement in different countries.
5.0 out of 5 stars Doubtlessly the best book that I have read on modern Scouting and Guiding. 16 Feb 2014
By Troels Forchhammer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is of course a rather broad statement to make, and a part of the key is in the adjective, modern Scouting and Guiding (in the following text, I shall generally follow Vallory in using “Scouting” to refer to both). The books by Lord Baden-Powell that form the basis of our movement even today are, however, not about modern Scouting and they need to be read with an eye to adapting what is said to the where the Movement is today.

Vallory’s book takes its outset in precisely that: where Scouting and the Scout Movement is today; combining a deep respect for the history of the Movement with a good understanding of where we are today and a keen eye for the challenges our Movement is facing and where we may find solutions.

World Scouting: Educating for Global Citizenship is divided into three parts. The first part deals with the history of World Scouting; the second part is about the ideology of the Scout Movement (WHY and HOW we do Scouting today) and how Scouting is organised in the two world organisations; and the third part deals with the citizenship education of the book’s sub-title.

In the first part of the book Vallory sets out by outlining the starting point of Scouting in a specific British Imperial context, tracing the evolution of Scouting until the 1920 formal establishment of the international organisation as the beginning of World Scouting.

The establishment of a democratic international organisation for World Scouting does, of course, not mark an abrupt change in the values and methods of Scouting, but it is nonetheless an important milestone, and a practical marker in discussing the changes that did occur in this period, as Scouting became World Scouting under the guidance and leadership of Lord Baden-Powell (B-P). Vallory describes the evolution of World Scouting, following this up with an overview of censuses of the World Movement.

The second part of the book focuses on the international Scout Movement as it is today, represented by the two world associations that organise all Scouting world-wide. Vallory first sets out the fundamentals: the definition of Scouting and Guiding, the Purpose and Principles explaining WHY we do Scouting, and then the Method of Scouting describing HOW we do Scouting.
The method is then discussed in more detail, emphasizing the educational impact of the method, and its highly intuitive nature. In this section Vallory also gives an introduction to some of the results of modern cognitive science that support the value of the Scout Method as an educational approach, emphasizing that the Scout Method is superior to the traditional industrialist classroom in terms of getting the young people to learn – a difference that B-P described as the difference between educating the Scouts and instructing them. In this section one can sense that Vallory is more engaged with his subject: the application of a theoretical framework to assist the reader’s understanding and the contagious enthusiasm for the understanding of why the Scout Method is so good at creating a conducive learning environment for young people are evident in this part of the book.

The discussions of Scouting’s learning environment are followed with a discussion of the organisation of the Movement. Here the balance that is achieved between the concepts of a movement (suggesting a very loose network structure) and an organisation (suggesting a more hierarchical structure) is investigated, with an emphasis on the ability of the Movement to ensure both the dynamics of a movement and the unity of purpose, values and method that is more characteristic of an organisation. The importance of the two world organisations and of their monopoly on characterising Scouting and Guiding world-wide is stressed in a chapter on the recognition policy, where it is again clear that Vallory is feeling strongly the importance of the unity of the Scout Movement lest it loses its good name due to abuse by groups, whether local, national or even transnational, that are not recognized, nor recognizable, by any of the two world organisations. Scouting, in order to remain Scouting, must also remain one thing.

In the third part of his book, Vallory discusses the citizenship education that is a part of B-P’s original aim with Scouting (B-P even sub-titled his foundational book, Scouting for Boys: A Handbook for Instruction in Good Citizenship). Looking at the subtitle of Vallory's book and on the page counts (this part takes up 58 pages against the 44 and 54 pages of the earlier parts), it is immediately evident where Vallory’s focus lies. This is also evident from the theoretical apparatus that he brings to bear on the question, starting with a highly enlightening summary of approaches to citizenship and to citizenship education, and in the way this apparatus is used to assist the reader in understanding the subsequent discussions of the concept of citizenship inherent in Scouting and of Scouting’s approach to citizenship education.

A discussion of some of the issues that can be divisive to the Scout Movement (both between WOSM and WAGGGS, but also internally between various cultures) illustrate how these are all tied up with the concept of citizenship in Scouting. Some of the issues that Vallory discusses are the degree of active advocacy by the organisations of Scouting (as opposed to the scouts as individual citizens); the conflicts between Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting in the US, the relationship of Scouting to religious organisations, and the weight between obedience (mentioned in the Scout Law) on one side and critical thinking and individual judgement (emphasized by B-P) on the other.

This leads Vallory to a discussion of the synergetic double emphasis on local and global citizenship that is a characteristic of Scouting, and of Scouting’s stress on peace, human rights, and community development as positive values, and in the close relationship between Scouting and international institutions and organisations, spearheaded by B-P in his embrace of the inter-war period’s League of Nations (it was entirely new to me that B-P tried to make Scouting a youth organisation of the League of Nations).

The book is based on Vallory’s Ph.D. thesis in political and social science, and though my own field is in the natural sciences, I never felt that Vallory let his readers get out of their depth. The academic theories that are discussed in the book are explained so as to allow an un-schooled reader to grasp the concepts and instead of being an obstacle the theory helps provide a framework for the understanding of the subsequent discussions.

However, it still did take me somewhat longer to finish the book than is usual for me with a book in English (Danish is my native tongue), but this was not because it was difficult. Rather it was because I found myself engaging so strongly with the book at every turn that I was unable to move forward until I had thought through the point in question, and considered its applicability to my own particular experiences and situation in Scouting … often I would realize this when I had read on for a couple of pages only to discover that nothing of what I had just read had actually registered – I had been too busy engaging with an earlier passage to take in the new stuff as I tried to read on.

As a man of the natural sciences working regularly with statistics, I would of course have loved to see a more rigorous statistical discussion of the census data, but I realise that this would be completely extraneous to the point that Vallory is trying to get across.

All in all, this is the book that I wish I had had when I started out as a Scout leader many years ago, but which I now feel will help me be a better Scout leader – not through practical tips and tricks, but by giving me a far better understanding of some of the key goals of the Scout Movement, and of how the Scout Method actually works.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Calling WFIS "Fake Scouting"? Really? 27 Oct 2013
By kopper - Published on Amazon.com
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It was interesting that the author really rips the BSA for their discriminatory policies. However, when I went to the index to see if there was anything on the World Federation of Independent Scouts (WFIS), I found "World Federation of Independent Scouts, see fake scouting." There are several listings under the "fake scouting" heading and everyone belittles and denounces the WFIS movement. I feel it is unfortunate that members of the WOSM feel that way towards the WFIS and further feels the need to discredit the organization as a whole. The members of the World Federation of Independent Scouts are all just trying to bring Traditional Scouting to those that want to learn. Why the negativity? Why the "us vs. them" mentality? Perhaps the authors need to remember the 4th point of the Scout Law:

4) A SCOUT IS A FRIEND TO ALL AND A BROTHER OR SISTER TO EVERY OTHER SCOUT, NO MATTER TO WHAT COUNTRY, CLASS OR CREED THE OTHER MAY BELONG. Thus, if a Scout meets another Scout, even although a stranger, they must speak to them, and help them in any way that they can, either to carry out the duty he or she is then doing, or by giving them food, or, as far as possible, anything that they may be in want of. A Scout must never be a SNOB. A snob is one who looks down upon another because they are poorer, or who is poor and resents another because they are rich. A Scout accepts the other person as they find them, and makes the best of them.
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