Social pedagogy in the UK: theory and practice

Kieron Hatton

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This introductory text: discusses the development of social pedagogy as an academic discipline; explores its influence on UK debates about welfare practice. It provides the theoretical structure for understanding: the potential of social pedagogy in UK welfare practice; how key ideas from within social pedagogy can be linked to ideas of inclusion, creativity and personalisation; the impact of power relations on the social pedagogic relationship; the importance of creativity in building inclusive practice. Focusing on practice situations within which social pedagogy can be seen to be effective, it: provides a background to the introduction of social pedagogy in the UK; investigates how European and UK services could benefit from a better mutual understanding of what each other does; discusses how social pedagogy can contribute to other areas of practice including youth work, adult social care and community development; suggests ways in which social pedagogy can be adopted to a wider field of practice than those in which it is currently considered in the UK.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLyme Regis
PublisherRussell House Publishing Ltd
Number of pages120
ISBN (Print)9781905541898
Publication statusPublished - May 2013


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