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Animate, care and educate. The core processes of social pedagogy. Pedagogy can be viewed as a process of accompanying people and bringing flourishing and relationship to life (animation); caring for, and about, people (caring); and drawing out learning (education). Here we explore these core processes.

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Haltung, pedagogy and informal education: Within informal education and social pedagogy, the character and integrity of practitioners is seen as central to the processes of working with others. Here we explore how the German notion of ‘haltung’ draws together key elements around this pivotal concern for pedagogues and informal educators.

Recent articles

UpdatedWhat is a group? In this article I review the development of theory about groups. We look at some different definitions of groups, and some of the key dimensions to bear in mind when thinking about them.

UpdatedWhat is group work? While many practitioners may describe what they do as ‘groupwork’, they often have only a limited appreciation of what groupwork is and what it entails. In this piece I introduce groups and group work, define some key aspects, and suggest areas for exploration. In particular we focus on the process of working with groups.

UpdatedWhat is teaching? I explore the nature of teaching – those moments or sessions where we make specific interventions to help people learn to go beyond the given and know possibility. This is set within a discussion of pedagogy and didactics and demonstrates that we need to unhook consideration of the process of teaching from the role of ‘teacher’ in schools.

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