Literature about Social Pedagogy

Books, reports and articles on social pedagogy

The body of literature concerned with social pedagogy has been growing over the last few years. Here we aim to list the key books, research reports and journal articles on social pedagogy. Please note that these are ordered alphabetically, with links included where possible. Enjoy the read!

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International Journal of Social Pedagogy

The International Journal of Social Pedagogy seeks to make a substantial contribution to the cross-cultural discourse around social pedagogy. With emphasis on a theory-practice connection, articles in IJSP reflect a wide range of social pedagogical traditions and provide a greater understanding of social pedagogy in ways that are both relevant at a practice level and contribute to the body of theory and research. has been jointly developed by ThemPra and the Centre for Understanding Social Pedagogy at the UCL Institute of Education and is currently published by UCL Press. As an open access journal all articles are available free of charge. IJSP is the only UK based English-language journal dedicated to social pedagogy and has so far attracted substantial international attention. It has been praised for being ‘at the forefront of developing a scholarship in social pedagogy in an English language context, attracting a mix of local and well-known international contributors’.

 

Books on Social Pedagogy:

The body of literature on social pedagogy available in English is growing rapidly. Below we’ve aimed to pull together a comprehensive list of key literary works on social pedagogy. Our top 3 recommended books are highlighted in bold.

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Boddy, J. (2003). Working with children: social pedagogy and residential child care in Europe. London: University of London.
Boddy, J., Cameron, C., Moss, P., Mooney, A., Petrie, P. & Statham, J. (2006). Introducing Pedagogy into the Children’s Workforce. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Cameron, C. & Moss, P. (2011). Social Pedagogy and Working with Children. London: Jessica Kingsley.
Crimmens, D. & Milligan, I. (2005). Facing Forwards: Residential Child Care in the 21st Century. Lyme Regis: Russell House Publishing.
Edwards, C., Gandini, L. & Forman, G. (1993). The Hundred Languages of Children. Norwood: Ablex.
Eriksson, L., & Winman, T. (2010). Learning to Fly: Social Pedagogy in a Contemporary Society. Gothenburg: Bokforlaget Daidalos.
Freire, P. (1996). Pedagogy of the Oppressed. London: Penguin Books.
Gustavsson, A., Hermansson, H.-E., & Hämäläinen, J. (2003). Perspectives and Theory in Social Pedagogy. Gothenburg: Daidalos.
Hatton, K. (2008). New Directions in Social Work Practice. Exeter: Learning Matters.
Hatton, K. (2013). Social Pedagogy in the UK: Theory and Practice. Lyme Regis: Russell House.
Jackson, R. (2006). Holistic Special Education: Camphill Principles and Practice. Edinburgh: Floris Books.
Jackson, R. (2011). Discovering Camphill: New Perspectives, Research and Developments. Edinburgh: Floris Books.
Kaska, M. (2014). Social Pedagogy – An Invitation. London: Jacaranda Publishing.
Kornbeck, J. & Rosendal Jensen, N. (2009). The Diversity of Social Pedagogy in Europe. Bremen: Europäischer Hochschulverlag.
Kornbeck, J. & Rosendal Jensen, N. (2011). Social Pedagogy for the Entire Lifespan: Volume I. Bremen: Europäischer Hochschulverlag.
Kornbeck, J. & Rosendal Jensen, N. (2012). Social Pedagogy for the Entire Lifespan: Volume II. Bremen: Europäischer Hochschulverlag.
Kornerup, H. (2009). Milieu-therapy with children. London: National Children’s Bureau.
Lifton, B. J. (1988). The King of Children: A Biography of Janusz Korczak. London: Chatto & Windus.
Lorenz, W. (1994). Social work in a changing Europe. London: Routledge.
Mollenhauer, K. (1964). Some Aspects of the Relationship between Social Pedagogy and Society (translated by Patrick Tidball). In K. Mollenhauer, Einführung in die Sozialpädagogik. Weinheim: Beltz Verlag …
Petrie, P. (2011). Communication Skills for Working with Children and Young People: Introducing Social Pedagogy. London: Jessica Kingsley.
Petrie, P., Boddy, J., Cameron, C., Wigfall, V. & Simon, A. (2006). Working with Children in Care – European Perspectives. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Petrie, P. & Moss, P. (2002). From Children’s Services to Children’s Spaces. London: Routledge.
Petrie, P. & Simon, A. (2006). Residential care: lessons from Europe. In E. Chase, A. Simon & S. Jackson (Eds.). In Care and After: a Positive Perspective. London: Routledge.
Smith, M. (2009). Re-Thinking Residential Child Care. Bristol: Policy Press.
Stephens, P. (2013). Social Pedagogy: Heart and Head. Bremen: Europäischer Hochschulverlag.
Storø, J. (2013). Practical Social Pedagogy: Theories, Values and Tools for Working with Children and Young People. Bristol: Policy Press.
Sünker, H. (2006). Politics, Bildung and Social Justice. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers …

Reports on Social Pedagogy:

Several evaluations and reports have examined the potential and actual benefits that social pedagogy can bring where services have introduced it. Comparisons between the different reports further highlight that the most successful strategies are underpinned by social pedagogical principles themselves. Our top 3 recommended reports are highlighted in bold.

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Association of Directors of Children’s Services (2013). ADCS Position Statement What is Care For: Alternative Models of Care for Adolescents. Manchester: ADCS.
Bengtsson, E., Chamberlain, C., Crimmens, D., & Stanley, J. (2008). Introducing Social Pedagogy Into Residential Child Care in England. London: National Children’s Bureau …
Berridge, D., Biehal, N., Lutman, E., Henry, L. & Palomares, M. (2011). Raising the bar? Evaluation of the Social Pedagogy Pilot Programme in residential children’s homes. London: Department for Education …
Bowyer, S. & Wilkinson, S. (2013). Evidence Scope: Models of Adolescent Care Provision. Dartington/Sheffield: Research in Practice …
Cameron, C. & Petrie, P. (2011). Social pedagogy and foster care: A scoping study. London: Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London …
Cameron, C., Petrie, P., Wigfall, V., Kleipoedszus, S., & Jasper, A. (2011). Final Report of the Social Pedagogy Pilot Programme: Development and Implementation. London: Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London …
Eichsteller, G. & Holthoff, S. (2012). The Art of Being a Social Pedagogue – Practice Examples of Cultural Change in Children’s Homes in Essex. Allithwaite: ThemPra Social Pedagogy …
Hannon, C., Bazalgette, L., & Wood, C. (2010). In Loco Parentis. London: Demos …
MacDonald, G., Millen, S., McCann, M., Roscoe, H., & Ewart-Boyle, S. (2012). Therapeutic approaches to social work in residential child care settings. SCIE report 58. London: Social Care Institute for Excellence …
McDermit, S., Holmes, L., & Trivedi, H. (2014). Exploring the costs of Head, Heart, Hands and informing debates about sustainability of the programme and the potential costs avoided as a result of Head, Heart, Hands. Loughborough: Centre for Child and Family Research …
Samantha McDermid, Lisa Holmes, Deborah Ghate, Helen Trivedi, Jenny Blackmore and Claire Baker
McDermit, S., Holmes, L., Ghate, D., Trivedi, H., Blackmore, J. & Baker, C. (2016). The evaluation of Head, Heart, Hands – Introducing social pedagogy into UK foster care. Final synthesis report. Loughborough: Centre for Child and Family Research …
Milligan, I. (2009). Introducing social pedagogy into Scottish residential child care: an evaluation of the Sycamore Services social pedagogy training programme. Glasgow: Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care …
Moore, N., Jakara, M., Bowie, J. & Marriott, J. (2013). Social Pedagogy: A scoping project for Derbyshire County Council. Summary Report. Derby: International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS), University of Derby …
Paget, B., Eagle, G., & Citarella, V. (2007). Social Pedagogy and the Young People’s Workforce – a Report for the Department for Children, Schools, and Families. London: DCSF …
Petrie, P. & Chambers, H. (2009). Richer lives: creative activities in the education and practice of Danish pedagogues: a preliminary study: report to Arts Council England. Project Report. London: Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London …
Petrie, P., Boddy, J., Cameron, C., Heptinstall, E., McQuail, S., Simon, A. & Wigfall, V. (2009). Pedagogy – a holistic, personal approach to work with children and young people, across services: European models for practice, training, education and qualification. London: Institute of Education …
Regional Youth Work Unit North West (2010). A Study on the Understanding of Social Pedagogy and its Potential Implications for Youth Work Practice and Training
Roesch-Marsh, A., Cooper, S., & Kirkwood, S. (2015). Social Pedagogy Pilot Project Evaluation. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh …
Vrouwenfelder, E., Milligan, I., & Merrell, M. (2012). Social pedagogy and inter-professional practice: evaluation of Orkney Islands training programme. Glasgow: Centre for Excellence for Looked-After Children in Scotland …

Journal Articles on Social Pedagogy:

There is an increasing range of articles on social pedagogy published in academic journals and magazines for the children’s workforce. We have aimed to bring together the most significant ones and link them for ease of accessing them – some are accessible for free (dark teal), others only via academic journals that require subscriptions (light green). The 5 must-read articles are highlighted in bold.

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Anderson, B. (2011). International Cooperation between Social Pedagogues. Child and Youth Services, 32(1), 6-8 …
Bain, K. & Evans, T. (2016). Europeanisation and English Social Work: The Migration of German Social Work Practitioners and Ideas to England. British Journal of Social Work, 0, 1-18 …
Bird, V. & Eichsteller, G. (2011). The Relevance of Social Pedagogy in Working with Young People in Residential Care. GoodEnoughCaring Journal 9
Boyce, N. (2010). Social Pedagogy in Essex. Children Webmag
Bunting, M. (2006, March 08). A Word to the Wise. The Guardian
Cameron, C. (2004). Social pedagogy and care: Danish and German practice in young people’s residential care. Journal of Social Work, 4(2), 133-151 …
Cameron, C. (2005, April 28). Guide to Growing Up. Community Care
Cameron, C. (2006). New Ways of Educating: Pedagogy and Children’s Services. Final Report to the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. London: Thomas Coram Research Unit …
Cameron, C. (2007). Social Pedagogy and the Children’s Workforce. Community Care
Cameron, C. (2011). Social Pedagogy: What Questions Can We Ask About Its Value and Effectiveness? Children Australia, 36(4), 186-197 …
Cameron, C. (2013). Cross-national Understandings of the Purpose of Professional-child Relationships: Towards a Social Pedagogical Approach. International Journal of Social Pedagogy, 2(1), 3-16 …
Cameron, C. (2016). Social Pedagogy in the UK today: findings from evaluations of training and development initiatives. Pedagogía Social. Revista Interuniversitaria 27, 199-223 …
Cameron, C. & Boddy, J. (2005, May 19). With Heart, Head, and Hand. Community Care
Chavaudra, N., Moore, N., Marriott, J. & Jakhara, M. (2014). Creating an Evidence Base to Support the Development of a Holistic Approach to Working with Children and Young People in Derbyshire: A Local Authority Case Study on the Integration of Social Pedagogy in Children and Young People’s Services. International Journal of Social Pedagogy, 3(1), 54-61 …
Counsell, S.L. & Boody, R. (2013). Social Pedagogy and Liberal Egalitarian Compensatory Programs: The Case of Head Start. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 21, …
Coussée, F., Bradt, L., Roose, R., & Doverne-De Bie, M. (2008). The Emerging Social Pedagogical Paradigm in UK Child and Youth Care: Deus Ex Machina or Walking the Beaten Path? The British Journal of Social Work, 147
Coussée, F., & Williamson, H. (2011). Youth Worker, Probably the Most Difficult Job in the World. Children Australia, 36(4), 223-227 …
Dulai, N. (2014). Social Pedagogy – When the Penny Drops. International Journal of Social Pedagogy, 3(1), 62-63 …
Eichsteller, G. (2009a). Janusz Korczak – His Legacy and its Relevance for Children’s Rights Today. International Journal of Children’s Rights, 17(3), 377-391 …
Eichsteller, G. (2009b). Social Pedagogy in Britain – Further Developments. International Social Work & Society News Magazine
Eichsteller, G. (2010a). Social Pedagogic Practice – The Importance of Hermeneutics. Children Webmag
Eichsteller, G. (2010b). The Notion of ‘Haltung’ in Social Pedagogy. Children Webmag
Eichsteller, G. & Holthoff, S. (2009). Risk Competence – Towards a Pedagogic Conceptualization of Risk. Children Webmag
Eichsteller, G. & Holthoff, S. (2010). The Social Pedagogy Development Network. Children Webmag
Eichsteller, G. & Holthoff, S. (2011). Social Pedagogy as an Ethical Orientation Towards Working With People – Historical Perspectives. Children Australia, 36(4), 176-185 …
Eichsteller, G. & Holthoff, S. (2012). The Art of Being a Social Pedagogue: Developing Cultural Change in Children’s
Homes in Essex. International Journal of Social Pedagogy, 1(1), 30-46 …
Eichsteller, G. & Holthoff, S. (2013). Key Pedagogic Thinkers: Paul Natorp. Journal of Pedagogical Developments, 3(2), 16-18 …
Eriksson, L. (2011). Community Development and Social Pedagogy: Traditions for Understanding Mobilization for Collective Self-Development. Community Develpment Journal, 46(4), 403-420 …
Fulcher, L.C. & Garfat, T. (2013). Outcomes that Matter© for Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care. International Journal of Social Pedagogy, 2(1), 33-46 …
Gharabaghi, K., & Groskleg, R. (2010). A Social Pedagogy Approach to Residential Care: Balancing Education and Placement in the Development of an Innovative Child Welfare Residential Program in Ontario, Canada. Child Welfare, 89(2), 97-114 …
Hämäläinen, J. (2003). The Concept of Social Pedagogy in the Field of Social Work. Journal of Social Work, 3(1), 69-80 …
Hämäläinen, J. (2012). Social Pedagogical Eyes in the Midst of Diverse Understandings, Conceptualisations and Activities. International Journal of Social Pedagogy, 1(1), 3-16 …
Higham P. (2001). Changing practice and an emerging social pedagogue paradigm in England: The role of the personal advisor. Social Work in Europe, 8(1), 21–31 …
Holthoff, S. & Eichsteller, G. (2009). Social Pedagogy: the Practice. Every Child Journal, 1(1) …
Holthoff, S. & Juncker Harbo, L. (2011). Key Concepts in Social Pedagogy — or How to See Everyday Life in Children’s Residential Homes From a Social Pedagogical Perspective. Children Australia, 36(4), 213-216 …
Jackson, R. (2006). The role of social pedagogy in the training of residential child care workers. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 10(1), 61-73 …
Jackson, R. (2011). The origin of Camphill and the social pedagogic impulse. Educational Review, 63(1), 95-104 …
Janer, À., & Úcar, X. (2016). Analysing the dimensions of social pedagogy from an international perspective. European Journal of Social Work, 1-16 …
Kemp, R. (2011). Social Pedagogy: Differences and Links to Existing Child Care Practice. Children Australia, 36(4), 198-205 …
Kleipoedszus, S. (2009). The European view of child social care: Less procedure, more affection. The Guardian
Knotová, D. (2014). Social Pedagogy in the Czech Republic. International Journal of Social Pedagogy, 3(1), 30-38 …
Köngeter, S. & Schröer, W. (2013). Variations of Social Pedagogy – Explorations of the Transnational Settlement Movement. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 21, …
Kornbeck, J. (2002). Reflections on the Exportability of Social Pedagogy and its Possible Limits. Social Work in Europe, 9(2), 37-49 …
Kyriacou, C., Ellingsen, I.T., Stephens, P., & Sundaram, V. (2009). Social pedagogy and the teacher: England and Norway compared. Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 17(1), 75-87 …
Kyriacou, C., Mylonakou – Keke, I. & Stephens, P. (2016). Social Pedagogy and bullying in schools: the views of University students in England, Greece and Norway. British Educational Research Journal, 42(4), 631-645.
Lorenz, W. (2008). Paradigms and politics: understanding methods paradigms in an historical context: the case of social pedagogy. British Journal of Social Work, 38(4), 625-644 …
Milligan, I. (2009). Social Pedagogy and UK Traditions of Social Work. Children Webmag
Milligan, I. (2011). Resisting Risk-Averse Practice: The Contribution of Social Pedagogy. Children Australia, 36(4), 206-212 …
Milligan, I. & Stevens, I. (2006). Balancing Rights and Risk: The Impact of Health and Safety Regulations on the Lives of Children in Residential Care. Journal of Social Work, 6(3), 239-254 …
Morgan, S.T. (2013). Social pedagogy within key worker practice: community situated support for marginalised youth. International Journal of Social Pedagogy, 2(1), 17-32 …
Mylonakou-Keke, I. (2015). The emergence of “Syn-epistemic Wholeness” from Dialectic Synergy of disciplines: A Transdisciplinary Social Pedagogic Model. Creative Education, 6(17), 1890-1907 …
Mylonakou-Keke, I. (2015). 1844-2014: 170 Years of Social Pedagogy – Can Greece’s Economic Crisis Highlight the Potential of Social Pedagogy? International Journal of Social Pedagogy – Special Issue ‘Social Pedagogy in Times of Crisis in Greece’ 4(1), 2-23 …
Mylonakou-Keke, I. (2015). Social Pedagogy and School Community – Preventing Bullying in Schools and Dealing with Diversity: Two Sides of the Same Coin’. International Journal of Social Pedagogy – Special Issue ‘Social Pedagogy in Times of Crisis in Greece’ 4(1), 65-84. …
Petrie, P. (2005). Schools and Support Staff: Applying the European Pedagogic Model. Support for Learning, 20(4), 176-180 …
Petrie, P. (2013). Social Pedagogy in the UK: Gaining a firm foothold? Education Policy Analysis Archives, 21, …
Rosendal Jensen, N. (2013). Social pedagogy in modern times. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 21, …
Ruškus, J. & Sujeta, I. (2014). An Educational Response to the Issue of Online Pornography for Schoolboys: The Case of Participatory Action Research in Lithuania. International Journal of Social Pedagogy, 3(1), 39-53 …
Sandermann, P. & Neumann, S. (2014). On Multifaceted Commonality: Theories of Social Pedagogy in Germany. International Journal of Social Pedagogy, 3(1), 15-29 …
Schugurensky, D. (2014). Social Pedagogy and Critical Theory: A Conversation with Hans Thiersch. International Journal of Social Pedagogy, 3(1), 4-14 …
Schugurensky, D. & Silver, M. (2013). Social pedagogy: historical traditions and transnational connections. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 21, …
Smith, M. K. (2009). Social Pedagogy. The Online Encyclopaedia of Informal Education
Smith, M. (2012). Social Pedagogy from a Scottish Perspective. International Journal of Social Pedagogy, 1(1), 46-55 …
Smith, M. & Whyte, B. (2008). Social Education and Social Pedagogy: Reclaiming a Scottish Tradition in Social Work. European Journal of Social Work, 11(1), 15-28 …
Steckley, L. & Smith, M. (2011). Care Ethics in Residential Child Care: A Different Voice. Ethics and Social Welfare, 5(2) 181-195 …
Storø, J. (2012). The Difficult Connection between Theory and Practice in Social Pedagogy. International Journal of Social Pedagogy, 1(1), 17-29 …
Surel, C., Douglas, S., Finley, A., & Priver, A. (2011). The Diverse Practice of Social Pedagogues: Case Examples From Denmark, Scotland, and Germany. Children Australia, 36(4), 218-222 …
Trevithick, P. (2014). Humanising Managerialism: Reclaiming Emotional Reasoning, Intuition, the Relationship, and Knowledge and Skills in Social Work. Journal of Social Work Practice: Psychotherapeutic Approaches in Health, Welfare and the Community, 28(3), 287-311 …
Úcar, X. (2013). Exploring different perspectives of Social Pedagogy: towards a complex and integrated approach. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 21, …
Vrouwenfelder, E. (2006). Children’s Rights: How to Implement a Rights-Based Approach in Residential Child Care. In Residence, 3
Walter, C. (2013). Working Inclusively with Outcomes that Matter. International Journal of Social Pedagogy, 2(1), 47-50 …
Wildemeersch, D. (2013). Transitions in a life-world: Looking backward and forward after forty-five years of social pedagogical research and teaching in Leuven. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 21, …