Naomi Klein: globalization, capitalism, neoliberalism and climate change. Naomi Klein has probably done more than any other commentator, to raise public understanding of the relationships between capitalism, neoliberalism and climate change. We explore her contribution.
Marie Paneth: Branch Street, the Windemere children, art and pedagogy. Marie Paneth (1895-1986) was a talented painter, art therapist and pedagogue. Her book, Branch Street (1944) is a classic exploration of community-based work with children during the Second World War – and the healing use she made of art both with The Windemere Children (2020) and in later practice was pioneering. Her approach was based in pedagogy and an appreciation of therapeutic practice. In this piece we explore her work – mostly in the 1940s – and continuing relevance
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.
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.
Updated: What 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.
Updated: What 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.
Updated: What 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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new: Dealing with the ‘new normal’. Creating places of sanctuary, community and hope for children and young people in schools and local organizations.