Social pedagogy and its relevance for Scottish social welfare

Mark Smith, Sebastian Monteux

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Abstract

Key points

⋅ Social pedagogy is an academic and professional discipline, which seeks to effect individual and social change through broadly educational means
⋅ It does not offer a discrete approach or set of tools for practice but is a way of thinking, under which a range of different approaches might be situated
⋅ Across Europe, some form of social pedagogy or social education provides the theoretical and disciplinary basis for direct work with people across the life course
⋅ There is growing interest in social pedagogy in the UK; while initial interest focused on residential child care, its principles are increasingly recognised as being relevant across health, social care and education settings
⋅ Social pedagogy has a particular resonance for Scottish social welfare, where it chimes with Kilbrandon’s conception of social education, but also offers a suggestive framework within which to locate current policies
⋅ Evaluations of social pedagogy projects suggest that social pedagogic ideas can boost practitioners’ confidence and give them a language through which to better describe what they do
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGlasgow
PublisherInstitute for Research and Innovation in Social Services
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jun 2019

Publication series

NameInsights: A Series of Evidence Summaries
PublisherInstitute for Research and Innovation in Social Services
No.49

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    Smith, M., & Monteux, S. (2019). Social pedagogy and its relevance for Scottish social welfare. (Insights: A Series of Evidence Summaries; No. 49). Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services. https://www.iriss.org.uk/resources/insights/social-pedagogy-and-its-relevance-scottish-social-welfare