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Social Pedagogy and Social Work

Social Pedagogy and Social Work

June 2019 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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 head, 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?
Chapter 2: Social Pedagogical Key Thinkers
Chapter 3: Social Pedagogy Concepts
Chapter 4: The Development of Social Pedagogy in Children, Young People and Families Social Work
Chapter 5: Adopting social pedagogical approaches in working with adults
Chapter 6: Participation
Chapter 7: Social Pedagogy and risk: Have you done a risk assessment?

Outstanding. The only text to explore the theory, principles and practice of Social Pedagogy and modern day Social Work. An engaging and inspiring read for students, practitioners and educators, bringing together decades of research that will shape future social work practice and leave readers thinking, “I want to do this!”

Jon Old
Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Chichester

This is, in my opinion, a good book. The pursued objectives are clear and viable, and the content is well structured from a pedagogical point of view. It also strikes the right balance between theory and practice, given that the theoretical perspectives it provides are linked continuously throughout the text with the daily work of professionals in practice. In this sense, one might say that it constitutes a manual of social pedagogy for social workers.

Xavier Ucar

Very useful text on social pedagogy and social work. This a suitable text social care students to explore and reflect on social pedagogy in practice settings.

Miss Anne O'Reilly
School of Humanities, Waterford Institute of Technology
December 15, 2020

An excellent text - well constructed and accessible providing some useful insights into different ways of approaching social work/education.

Dr Steve Hothersall
Social Work, Edge Hill University
August 27, 2020

This book is excellent in relation to understanding this area in social work - clear information which is logical and easily accessible.

Mrs Toni Benaton
Britannia Mill Campus, Derby University
June 5, 2019

Useful for those who want an overview of social pedagogy; not only for trainee social workers but for others who work in multi-disciplinary teams

Mrs Nicola Stobbs
Institute of Education, Worcester University
May 29, 2019

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