Social Pedagogy and Working with Children and Young People: Where Care and Education Meet

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Claire Cameron, Peter Moss
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Aug 15, 2011 - Social Science - 224 pages
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Social pedagogy is an innovative discipline that supports children's upbringing and overall development by focusing on the child as a whole person. It has been described as where education and care meet or as 'education in its broadest sense'.

This book provides a comprehensive overview of the theory, principles and practice of social pedagogy and the profession of social pedagogue. With chapters from leading international contributors, it outlines the roots of social pedagogy and its development in Europe, and its role in relation to individuals, groups, communities and societies. Also covered is how it applies in practice to working with children and young people in a variety of settings, including children in care and in need of family support, and its potential future applications.

This seminal book on an increasingly important topic will be essential reading for all academics, researchers and practitioners working with children.

 

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Contents

A Transnational Perspective from Germany
32
A Matter of Social Pedagogical Embarrassment
52
The Medium for Social Pedagogic Practice
68
Competencies in Modern Society
84
The Relevance of Social Pedagogy
104
An Important Part of Social Pedagogic Relationships
124
8 Understandings of Danish Pedagogical Practice
140
Are They Related?
158
Prolegomena to a Dialogue
176
Future Directions?
194
Contributors
210
Subject Index
214
Author Index
218
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Pat Petrie is Professor of Education at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, UK, where she leads the Centre for Understanding Social Pedagogy (CUSP). Her interests lie in social and educational policy and practice towards children in the UK and elsewhere, with a strong focus on social pedagogy. Her work has included research into play and childcare, services for disabled children and their families, the place of creativity and the arts in social pedagogy, and children in residential and foster care. She is part of the team at the Thomas Coram Research Unit carrying out the Department of Education-funded pilot project investigating the impact of a social pedagogic approach in residential child care. Her publications attract national and international attention.

Claire Cameron PhD is Professor of Social Pedagogy and Deputy Director of the Thomas Coram Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University College London. Previously a social worker, her research contributes to the development of the children's workforce and the quality of life of children and young people attending care and education services, particularly looked after children.

Peter Moss is a Professor at the Faculty of Children and Learning, Thomas Coram Research Unit. He has wide-ranging research interests including services for children, the children’s workforce, democratic practice in children’s services, gender issues in work with children, social pedagogy and radical education. Peter is widely published.

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