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  1. 1. Tell me, and I forget; Show me, and I remember; Let me do, and I understand. Development & Features of Social Pedagogic Theory Implications for Practice Sylvia Holthoff Gabriel Eichsteller ThemPra Social Pedagogy CIC
  2. 2. “Children are a key to understanding a nation, not only to comprehend the habits of a society but also its collective intelligence and sustainability” (Donata Elschenbroich, German sociologist) Social pedagogy is a „function of society‟ (Mollenhauer) – it describes how society thinks about children, their education and upbringing. Therefore, social pedagogy is closely related to society at a given time and place, it is context specific.
  3. 3. The Development of Pedagogic Thought “We should not teach children the sciences, but give them a taste for them” Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778):  Humans are naturally good and are corrupted through society‟s influence  Upbringing and education in harmony with nature  Emile (1762) describes healthy upbringing of a fictitious character  Facilitating opportunities for learning depending on where the child is
  4. 4. The Development of Pedagogic Thought “I seek education for humanity, and this only emanates through love” Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746-1827):  Developed Rousseau‟s core ideas  Education as a holistic process addressing head, heart, and hands  Head: not imposing knowledge, but stimulate curiosity  Heart: moral education, “without it, the other types would lose their sense of direction”  Hands: learning through physical activities, grasping the world  Head, heart, and hands are inseparable and corresponding with each other  Importance of observation and reflective practice  Role of pedagogue is to take care that “no untoward influence shall disturb nature‟s march of development”
  5. 5. The Development of Pedagogic Thought The children have been vested with unknown powers that could lead the way to a better future” (Maria Montessori) New Education Movement:  Applied these thoughts into school context (Montessori, Steiner, Fröbel, Hahn)  Refined concept of children as competent (“A child has a hundred languages” - Malaguzzi) and as equals (“Children don‟t become humans, they already are” - Korczak)  Development of child participation and children‟s rights in pedagogic concepts of Montessori and Korczak  Mainstreamed pedagogic thinking beyond educational institutions  social pedagogy to address wider social issues and tackle disadvantage / social exclusion
  6. 6. “I prefer the word pedagogue to teacher. A teacher is someone paid by the hour to drill something into the child, while a pedagogue draws something out. If you want to be a pedagogue you have to learn to talk with children instead of to them. You have to learn to trust their capacities and possibilities.” Janusz Korczak (1878 – 1942), Polish pedagogue, paediatrician and author
  7. 7. What is Social Pedagogy? Origin: Pedagogy – Greek pais (child), and agein (to lead, bring up) Basis:  Humanistic value base, e.g. respect, trust, unconditional appreciation  Fundamental concept of children as equal human beings with rich and extraordinary potential, as competent, resourceful and active agents  Inter-disciplinary theory combining concepts and models from sociology, psychology, education, philosophy, medical sciences and social work Aims:  Holistic education – education of head (cognitive knowledge), heart (emotional and spiritual learning), and hands (practical and physical skills)  Holistic well-being – strengthening health-sustaining factors  To enable children to grow up as self-responsible persons who take responsibility for their society  To promote human welfare and prevent or ease social problems
  8. 8. What is Social Pedagogy? Pathways:  Through providing opportunities for learning (“It is not possible to teach; but it is possible to create situations wherein it is impossible not to learn”)  By building strong and positive authentic relationships which are non-hierarchical  Working with head (concepts, theory, reflective practitioner), heart (building relationships, using one‟s personality, positive attitude) , and hands (activities, „Common Third‟) in the everyday, focussing on the here and now  Cultural impact on what is possible in Aim practice – depending on social images of children, policy-context, regulations, qualifications Pathways Basis
  9. 9. The Pedagogic Triangle “The essential thing is for the task to arouse such an interest that it engages the child‟s whole personality” (Maria Montessori) Systemic Pedagogy Pedagogic practice is embedded in societal context, corresponds with and influences social views on pedagogy and informs policy-making Badry & Knapp, 2003
  10. 10. “Social pedagogy is a theory of all the personal, social and moral education in a given society, including the description of what has happened in practice.” Karl Mager (1810 – 1858), German „founding father‟ of social pedagogy Social pedagogy is deeply rooted in society and has grown organically into a coherent system, wherein theory meets practice.
  11. 11. Pedagogy – Theory meets Practice “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” (Fritz Perls) Pedagogic practice is a holistic process creating a balance between:  the professional (theory and concepts, reflective practitioner – the ‘head’)  the personal (using one‟s personality, positive attitude, building personal relationships, but keeping the „private‟ out – the ‘heart’)  the practical (using certain methods and creative activities – the ‘hands’) Personal All three elements are equal and complement each other synergy Professional Practical
  12. 12. „The pedagogical approach rests on an image of a child as a complex social being with rich and extraordinary potential, rather than as an adult-in-waiting who needs to be given the right ingredients for optimal development. […] For pedagogues there is no universal solution, each situation requires a response based on a combination of information, emotions, self-knowledge and theory.‟ Children‟s Workforce Development Council, 2006
  13. 13. Pedagogic Concepts 3P’s:  professional pedagogue knowing theories, explaining behaviour, reflectivity  personal pedagogue relational contact, authenticity, using personality  private pedagogue personal boundaries of what is not shared
  14. 14. Pedagogic Concepts Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development:  Learning and development are embedded in and dependent on the cultural and social context, on interaction with our environment  Through interaction with others we can develop further than we could by being on our own  Zone of Proximal Development is the distance between what we can actually achieve on our own and what we can potentially achieve with help from others (others can be adults or children!)
  15. 15. Pedagogic Concepts 4 development situations to extend the Zone of Proximal Development:  Starting from the child‟s motivation to learn  Starting from where the pedagogue thinks the child „is‟  Mutual process of learning together, e.g. Common Third  Necessary development, things that need to be learned
  16. 16. Pedagogic Concepts “It is not possible to teach. But it is possible to create situations wherein it is impossible not to learn” The Common Third:  Creating a commonly shared situation or activity as something third between pedagogue and child  Development of relationship around this activity, e.g. building a kite, cooking, football  Sharing and having something in common implies to be in an equal relationship with full participation of both  Both show a genuine interest in activity and are authentic - use of personality as a resource  Holistic education - common potential for learning
  17. 17. “Good judgment comes from experience. And often experience comes from bad judgment” (Rita Mae Brown) contact: further information: © by ThemPra, 2008