Social Pedagogy and Working with Children and Young People
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Social Pedagogy and Working with Children and Young People

Where Care and Education Meet

Edited by Claire Cameron and Peter Moss; General editor Peter Moss B21 and Claire CameronB21
Jessica Kingsley Publishers

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.

RELATED TOPICS: Education, Social Work
I thoroughly enjoyed this book; it is an excellent addition to the current literature on social pedagogy. It provides comprehensive coverage of the subject, outlining the principals and the most up-to-date thinking and interpretation of social pedagogy today.

– Gareth Wall, Registered Manager of a residential children's home and owner of

This book will prove invaluable to those wanting to explore the thinking and practice of social pedagogy. The contributions are not only insightful and inspirational but also ambitious and aspirational, challenging the reader to participate in the evolving discourse on social pedagogy. It is a much needed resource, charting the history of social pedagogic developments to date and acting as a steady companion in the professional advancement of the reader. It is also a full reference tool and an aid for further dialogue.

– Jonathan Stanley, National Centre for English Residential Child Care, UK

It is a hopeful book, which conveys a combination of enthusiasm and serious intent for an approach that has the potential to radically innovate an overly administered UK system of care and education.

– Pastoral Care in Education

I really liked the book. It seemed to me it is opportune, interesting, and useful... much of my enthusiasm for this book is due to the above-mentioned, quality criteria. But also, it is due to the authors' confidence in the ability of social pedagogy to transform society through its work with children and young people - a trust and a hope shared by all those who have chosen to become involved in this field, from th3e academic sphere or from the professional sphere.

– European Journal of Social Work

Claire Cameron is Professor of Social Care and Social Work at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. She was previously Reader in Education at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education University of London, UK. She runs and supports research and development projects in relation to children's services, looked after children and social pedagogy. She is part of the team running the government-funded pilot study into the impact of social pedagogy on residential child care in England. Peter Moss is Professor of Early Childhood Provision, also at the Thomas Coram Research Unit. His research interests lie in children's services, the relationship between gender, care and employment, and radical education.
1. Social Pedagogy: Current Understandings and Opportunities. Claire Cameron and Peter Moss, Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU), Institute of Education, University of London, UK. 2. Conceptual Foundations of Social Pedagogy: A Transnational Perspective from Germany. Gabriel Eichsteller and Sylvia Holthoff, ThemPra Social Pedagogy, Germany. 3. Diversity in Early Childhood Education: A Matter of Social Pedagogical Embarrassment. Michel Vandenbroeck, Filip Coussée, Lieve Bradt and Rudi Roose, Ghent University, Belgium. 4. Interpersonal Communication: The Medium for Social Pedagogic Practice. Pat Petrie, Centre for Understanding Social Pedagogy, Institute of Education, University of London, UK. 5. Social Pedagogy as Relational Dialogic Work: Competencies in Modern Society. Inge M. Bryderup and Anna Kathrine Frørup, University of Aarhus, Denmark. 6. The Supportive Relationship in 'Public Care': The Relevance of Social Pedagogy. Janet Boddy, TCRU, UK. 7. Communication and Conflict: An Important Part of Social Pedagogic Relationships. Stefan Kleipoedszus, TCRU, UK. 8. Understandings of Danish Pedagogical Practice. Jytte Juul Jensen, VIA University College, Denmark. 9. Early Childhood Education in Reggio Emilia and Social Pedagogy: Are they Related? Peter Moss. 10. Radical Democratic Education and Emancipatory Social Pedagogy: Prolegomena to a Dialogue. Michael Fielding, Institute of Education, University of London, UK. 11. Social Pedagogy: Future Directions? Peter Moss and Claire Cameron. Contributors. Index.
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