International Social Pedagogy conference 2020 – change of venue

Preston is the new Larnaka

Due to recent political events in Turkey, Syria, and escalating tensions in the surrounding regions, we will be moving the Social Pedagogy Association conference from the UCLan Cyprus campus to the UCLan Preston campus in Preston, Lancashire, UK. We are now Preston 2020!

Due to this change, registration for the conference has been slightly delayed, but we are working diligently and will be opening registration as soon as possible. It is absolutely important that you continue to check your email, our website, or the SPA Facebook page for registration opening. The conference dates of 16 to 18 June remain the same.

While we will miss our beach destination, Preston is a beautiful river-side city which shows evidence of ancient Roman activity and offers lovely architecture and fascinating historical value to your travels. As a university city, Preston offers wonderful dining and pub options, with affordable pricing. Weather tends to be relatively mild and we expect temperatures between 18° to 22°C (64° to 72°F) for June.

We have included some updated information below to help you plan in accordance with this change of location:

Proposal Submissions

Submissions may include paper presentations or workshop proposals. Workshops must offer attendees active participation through acquisition of a new skill or through responsible engagement of participants in discussion and problem-solving.

We have a second deadline for proposal submissions. First submissions were due 30 September, 2019, and are currently under review. The acceptance of those submissions will be sent out very soon. Please watch your emails.

The second proposal submission is currently being accepted until 30 January, 2020. Notification of acceptance for these submissions will be sent mid-March of 2020.

All proposals, for workshop, presentation, or posters, should be submitted via this Google form.

In addition to Preston 2020, papers on issues around migration will have the opportunity to submit to the forthcoming special issue of the International Journal of Social Pedagogy (see here).

Accommodations

Accommodations in Preston are varied. Unlike Cyprus, Preston does not currently have on-campus rooms available. Conference delegates will be responsible for self-booking accommodation. Preston is along the West Coast railway line and has excellent public transit and walking paths, and there are many local hotels, Airbnb’s, and home-stays in the area. We are searching for hotels to offer a conference rate; however we do not currently have any further information on that but we will share as more information becomes available.

Conference rates

Rates will remain the same. The early-bird conference rate is £125. This rate will be available until the end of 2019. Please take note that the conference fee will be charged in Great British Pound (£).

Travel

The nearest large airports to Preston are Manchester International Airport and Liverpool John Lennon Airport, both of which have easy public transport options. It is also possible to reach Preston from London by train, departing from London Euston.

We do apologize for the change and any inconvenience this might cause, and hope that you find yourself able to join us in Preston this coming June. If you have any further questions you can reach us by replying to this message, or by emailing contact@socialpedagogy.org. We look forward to seeing you in Preston this coming summer!

International Social Pedagogy Conference in Cyprus 2020

We are very pleased to share details of the forthcoming international conference Social Education and Social Pedagogy: Here and Now in Cyprus. The 3-day conference is hosted by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), the Social Pedagogy Association (SPA), us at ThemPra, and Arizona State University (ASU) at UCLan’s beautiful campus in Cyprus, Pýla, Larnaka from 16 to 18 June. We hope to see many of you there.

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Eastern Mediterranean, surrounded by beautiful beaches, ocean vistas, palm trees, and blue skies. Temperatures in June average around 30°C  during the day and around 20°C at night. We are quite excited for our subtropical summer conference!

We hope to make this conference a uniquely interactive experience for our participants. We will offer speakers, interactive workshops, Open Space forum, and a more general poster presentation area for those not wanting to give a full presentation. This conference is part of an international initiative to bring together scholars and practitioners of social pedagogy and social education from around the world.  It builds on many previous efforts, most recently the Puebla 2018 conference “Social Education and Social Pedagogy: Bridging Traditions and Innovations”, which represented a wide variety of topics reflecting many of the diverse areas encompassed by social pedagogical research and practice.

In Cyprus, we will focus on similar connections between social education and social pedagogy while highlighting the many aspirations pedagogues hold for a better world. It is our intention to connect and respond to social change while exploring solutions for challenges in sustainability, inequality, global violence, participatory democracy and more.

We have included some information below to help you plan:

 

Proposal Submissions

Submissions may include paper presentations or workshop proposals. Workshops must offer attendees active participation through acquisition of a new skill or through responsible engagement of participants in discussion and problem-solving.

Due to popular request, we will have a second deadline for proposal submissions. First submissions were due 31 September, 2019, and are currently under review.The acceptance of those submissions will be sent in early November. The second proposal submission will be accepted between 1 November 2019 and30 January, 2020. Notification of acceptance for these submissions will be sent mid-March of 2020.

All proposals, for workshop, presentation, or posters, should be submitted via this Google form.

In addition to Cyprus 2020, papers on issues around migration will have the opportunity to submit to the forthcoming special issue of the International Journal of Social Pedagogy (see here).

 

Accommodations

Accommodations in Cyprus are varied. We are reserving 120 rooms on campus, with first preference given to organizers and volunteers. There will be a room registration form and contact information shared during your registration process, but it is very important to note that the rooms are NOT included in registration and you MUST reserve your room separately. Rooms on campus are charged at €35 per night for a single and €55 per night for a double. These rooms will go fast, so if you are interested, be sure to reserve your room as soon as possible.

 

Volunteer Opportunity

We are requesting additional volunteers to help with conference needs such as sign-in, registration, room assignment assistance, and so on. Volunteers will be guaranteed a held room on campus. Volunteer expectations will include one four-hour time slot of any of the three conference days. Volunteer times will be 8:30 – 12:30, 12:00 – 16:00, or 15:30 – 19:00. If you are interested in volunteering for the conference, please apply via this Google form.

 

Expected Costs 

Conference: The early-bird conference rate is £125. This rate will be available until the end of 2019. Please take note that the conference fee will be charged in Great British Pound (£) as this goes to UCLan, while you will pay for your accommodation and remaining costs in Euro (€), the local currency in Cyprus.

Flights: We are unfortunately unable to offer general flight cost expectations to Cyprus, due to the number of countries involved in our conference.

Food: Included in your registration fee is breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon coffee and biscuits. It is possible to offer dinner, as well, by advance reservation, at the cost of €11 per meal. These costs are inclusive of VAT (taxes). To eat “in town” costs an average of €45 for two people at a mid-range restaurant.

 

If you have any further questions you can reach us by emailing contact@socialpedagogy.org. We look forward to seeing you in Cyprus this coming summer!

Launching our Insight Report ‘Social Pedagogy as a Meaningful Perspective for Education and Social Care’

Today, we’re launching our new Insight Report ‘Social Pedagogy as a Meaningful Perspective for Education and Social Care’ at the international conference hosted by Ghent University. The report has been jointly written by our international partnership with Universiteit Gent (Belgium), KJSH – Stiftung für Kinder-, Jugend und Soziale Hilfen (Germany), the University of Central Lancashire (United Kingdom), Masarykova Univerzita (Czech Republic), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain), CommonView and Københavns Professionshøjskole (both Denmark) as part of our Erasmus+ funded project developing a Massive Open Online Course in Social Pedagogy across Europe. Over the course of the last 30 months, we have been exploring how our understandings of social pedagogy can enrich educational and social professions. We have found that, despite the differences between our countries, our traditions of social pedagogy share important commonalities in how social pedagogy can offer a meaningful perspective for education and social care. Throughout this report we seek to outline in greater detail why a social pedagogical perspective is important in enabling social professions to address contemporary social issues and help individuals, groups and communities to thrive. For this purpose, we have also included detailed examples from a range of practice settings, which we hope offer greater insights into how a social pedagogical perspective can inform and enrich relationship-centred practice as well as relevant structural developments.

You can download the Insight Report free of charge here:

International Conference Programme

Contemporary Challenges for Social Professions – The Case for Social Pedagogy as a Meaningful Perspective

Ghent University, 21 May, 2019

We’re excited to announce further programme details at the forthcoming International Conference in Ghent.

 

CONFERENCE OUTLINE

Social professions find themselves under intense pressure to achieve better outcomes with fewer resources. Aimed at policy-makers and other professionals from across Europe, this conference highlights the importance of a social pedagogical perspective in countering some of the most profound and persistent challenges to social professions across Europe. Throughout the conference day we will focus on how decision-makers can create the conditions in which practitioners can develop meaningful relationships with the people they support, facilitate social inclusion and remain committed to social justice. Presenters at the conference include Prof Walter Lorenz (Charles University Prague) and Dr Sanna Ryynänen (University of Eastern Finland). You will also have the opportunity to gain insights into innovative practice developments and grow your international network with other professionals from different European countries.

 

PROGRAMME

from 8.30: Registration

9.30:         Welcome by Prof Ann Buysse (Dean, Ghent University)

9.45:         Social Pedagogy as a Meaningful Perspective: Insights from our MOOC project – Gabriel Eichsteller & Sylvia Holthoff (ThemPra Social Pedagogy, UK)

10.15:      Inequality as a Social Pedagogical Question – Dr Sanna Ryynänen (University of Eastern Finland)

10.45:      Coffee break

11.15:       Social Pedagogy as a Perspective on Social Policy – Prof Walter Lorenz (Charles University Prague)

11.45:       Facilitated thematic discussion

12.30:       Lunch

13.30:       Social Pedagogy in Practice: Examples from six countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom) – workshop round 1

14.45:       Coffee break

15.15:      Social Pedagogy in Practice: Examples from six countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom) – workshop round 2

16.30:       Reflections from the day

17.00:       Reception

 

WHO THE CONFERENCE IS FOR

Policy-makers, decision-makers and leaders as well as frontline practitioners working in social welfare, care, health and education settings will find this conference of particular relevance.

 

REGISTRATION & FEES

Please register here to secure your place. Registration for this event will cost 60 €. After registering you will receive a payment link by email.

For international guests from Southern, Central and Eastern Europe with substantial travel costs we’re able to offer some financial support through our Erasmus+ funds. Please contact gabriel@thempra.org.uk for details.

 

VENUE

The conference will take place at Universiteit Gent, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Henri Dunantlaan 2, 9000 Ghent. Click here to find it on Google Maps.

 

VISIT GHENT

If you’ve never been to Ghent, Belgium, you’re probably unaware of how amazing the city actually is! There’s so much to see, so make sure you leave some time on your trip for sightseeing and the local cuisine – Belgian beer, frites, waffles and chocolates are just the tip of the culinary iceberg!

MOOC Social Pedagogy across Europe launching on Coursera

Join us to learn about social pedagogy

We’re super excited to announce that the MOOC in Social Pedagogy across Europe is now available for free on Coursera, the world’s biggest online learning platform providing universal access to the world’s best education! It’s taken over three years from conceptualising to realising this course in partnership with our our amazing team of collaborators at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Masarykova Univerzita, Gent Universiteit, KJSH Stiftung für Kinder-, Jugend und Soziale Hilfen, Københavns Professionshøjskole, Common View and University of Central Lancashire (click here to find out more about our partners). We’d like to say a huge THANK-YOU to them as well as to all our pilot learners and everyone else who has supported us on this journey. And a big thanks also to the EU Erasmus+ programme, which has co-funded the development of this course, thus enabling us to make all learning resources available for free!

Social Pedagogy across Europe is the first MOOC focussed on social pedagogy – a relationship-centred approach to supporting people’s learning, well-being and social inclusion in ways that promote social justice. The 4-week course is structured in eight sessions: an introductory session, six sessions outlining social pedagogy in different European countries and sharing some innovative practice insights, and a review session to support you in applying your learning.

Through this course we aim to:

  1. Give you an insight into how social pedagogy has been developing across Europe, highlighting both the diversity and connections,
  2. Highlight the importance of valuing every person as intrinsically ‘rich’, recognising their unique potential and ability to be a valuable member of society,
  3. Introduce you to ways in which you can bring this belief to life in everyday interactions and relationships that support people’s learning, nurture their well-being and enable them to feel included in society,
  4. Ensure you are familiar with the most fundamental aspects of social pedagogical practice in ways that are applicable in your own personal and professional life.

To start things off, in week 1 we’ll be introducing you to social pedagogy as a coherent perspective found in an increasing number of countries across Europe and beyond, before giving you a flavour of social pedagogy in Germany.

 

1. Social Pedagogy and Participation – a transnational perspective:

In the first session, you’ll hear from our ThemPra team how social pedagogy has been developing across Europe and what the central guiding principles are. We’ll also tell you more about the social pedagogy perspective we’re taking in the MOOC and what themes we’ll be covering over the course. Finally, we’ll dive straight into the first theme: participatory practice. You’ll have a chance to find out why participation is important and how you can ensure that the people you support are meaningfully involved in decisions that affect them. Find out more about the first session in the short intro video below:

 

2. Social Pedagogy and Resource-Orientated Practice – a German perspective:

Our first country session will take you to the ‘cradle’ of social pedagogy: Germany. In this session by our colleagues from the KJSH in Northern Germany, we’ll first give you an overview of social pedagogy in Germany, and then highlight the dynamics at play in social pedagogical practice, before introducing you to ways of working with, and strengthening, people’s resourcefulness. We’ve included six videos and two case studies about resource-orientated case management at the KJSH. Please watch our short intro video for more details:

 

Interested? Then click the button below to see the course on Coursera: