Are you looking to understand more about social pedagogy? Wanting to see how you can incorporate these approaches into your practice? Ali Gardner and Lowis Charfe introduce you to this exciting new approach to UK social work practice that has been shaping care services in Europe for decades. It is a holistic approach that requires an absolute commitment to employing your heard, heart, and hand in creatively working alongside individuals to support the process of change at an individual, communal, and societal level. – The authors outline the key concepts, philosophy, and history of social pedagogy to ground you in the theory – Exercises help you to reflect on how to incorporate this new philosophy into your work – Practical examples demonstrate how you can apply key principles to your own practice After reading this book you will be able to confidently engage with social work that emphasises people rather than processes at the heart of intervention.
Chapter 1: What is Social Pedagogy and How Does it Link to Social Work?
This first chapter will focus on how we define social pedagogy and social pedagogical practice. It is often difficult for people to give a clear and concise explanation to those who have little knowledge of what it is. Part of the reason for this (to use a good social pedagogical phrase) is that it depends. Social pedagogy can be different in different countries and is also influenced by the contexts and situations that it is being used in (Cameron and Moss, 2011b). As Eichsteller and Holthoff (2011a, p. 34) write, social pedagogy is a social construct ‘it emerges through dialogue about ...