Social pedagogy conceptualised
Social pedagogy offers many practical and accessible models and concepts that describe how social pedagogy can be applied. Here we introduce you to those that course participants have found most interesting and useful.
- To conceptualize the various elements that form part of social pedagogy, we have developed the Social Pedagogy Tree. Click here to explore it in more detail.
- The Diamond Model provides an overview of the overarching aims of social pedagogy and symbolises social pedagogues’ unfailing belief in intrinsic human potential. 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 pedagogical professional and how to bring in one’s personality with clear boundaries. Find out more by following this link.
- The Relational Universe illustrates how we understand relationship-centred practice in social pedagogy and how we can support people in making meaningful connections with others to create a strong social support network. We explain the model in depth here.
You might find that many of them relate to your practice, giving it perhaps a clearer focus, broader scope or new 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.