Social Pedagogy concepts & theories

Social pedagogy offers many practical and accessible concepts that describe how social pedagogy can be applied. Here we introduce those that participants have found most interesting and useful.

  • To conceptualize the various elements that form part of social pedagogy, we have developed the model of the Social Pedagogy Tree. Click here to find out more ...
  • The Diamond Model provides an overview of the overarching aims of social pedagogy. For a description of this framework, please follow this link ...
  • Nonviolent communication is essential for developing positive relationships that are congruent with social pedagogical values. To find out what nonviolent communication is about and how to develop it in your practice just click here ...
  • The notion of 'Haltung' explains how social pedagogues bring their own values into practice in a congruent manner. A detailed article explaining 'Haltung' is available here ...
  • The Common Third is a Danish model that describes the use of activities in order to develop positive relationships with children. A full explanation of the Common Third can be found here ...
  • The Learning Zone Model illustrates in what situations learning takes place and how you can create positive learning opportunities. Please click here for an outline ...
  • The Zone of Proximal Development depicts the social aspects of learning and offers an explanation why learning together with others helps us develop further. Here is a summary of the ZoPD ...
  • The 3Ps offer a way of conceptualizing the role of the social pedagogue and how to bring in one's personality without being unboundaried. Find out more by following this link ...

You might find that many of them relate to your practice, giving it perhaps a new direction, scope or name, or making you use the concepts more consciously in your work. We are interested to hear what you think of the concepts and how you work with them ...

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