Social pedagogy is an academic discipline that draws on core theories from various related disciplines, such as education, sociology, psychology and philosophy. Social pedagogic practice is concerned with human beings’ learning, well-being and inclusion into society.
As a concept, social pedagogy is founded on humanistic values and an image of children as active agents and competent, resourceful human beings. Cameron (2005) translates pedagogy as ‘education in its widest sense’, a holistic approach towards children’s experiential learning with head, heart, and hands. Particularly in the context of education and child care the terms social pedagogy and pedagogy are often used synonymously. Leaders in the field illustrate the close relationship of the two terms by describing social pedagogy as the provision of education and social welfare based on pedagogic principles.
- Humanistic value base, e.g. respect, trust, unconditional appreciation.
- Fundamental concept of children as equal human beings with rich and extraordinary potential, as competent, resourceful and active agents.
- Inter-disciplinary theory combining concepts and models from sociology, psychology, education, medical sciences and social work.
- Holistic education – education of head (cognitive knowledge), heart (emotional and spiritual learning), and hands (practical and physical skills).
- Holistic well-being – strengthening health-sustaining factors.
- To enable children to grow up as self-responsible persons who take responsibility for their society. To promote human welfare and prevent or ease social problems.
- Through providing opportunities for learning (“It is not possible to teach; but it is possible to create situations wherein it is impossible not to learn”).
- By building strong and positive authentic relationships which are non-hierarchical.
- By enabling children to empower themselves.
- Working with head, heart, and hands in the everyday, focussing on the here and now.
Structure of our Course:
Session will include :
- Group discussion
- Group work
- Interactive role play
- Hierarchy of Organisation exercise
- Reflective work