ideas, innovations and apps for social work in the age of smartphones and social media
In Europe there is an overlap between Social Work and Social Pedagogy. For example in Germany there is no strict distinction between these both professions. Positions are often offered for both Social Workers and/or Social Pedagogs. Social Pedagogy can be described as
„more holistic and group-oriented than dominant forms of social work and schooling. Social Pedagogy (Sozialpädagogik) has its roots in German progressive education – and is sometimes translated as ‘community education’ or ‘education for sociality’“(source).
Social Pedagogy leans on social learning theory, where learning takes place on a societal level. In other words social learning occurs when individuals experience a demonstrable change in understanding or behaviour through social interactions and that change extends to include the society in which they live. (source)
As Social Pedagogy includes learning theory a look at Bloom’s Taxonomy of learning – especially in the use of actual technology – can be interesting. Bloom’s Taxonomy is a classification of learning objectives within education scaffolding learning up the ladder of recognizing, recalling, analysing, reflecting, applying, evaluating and creating. Allan Carrington, University of Adelaide, developed the model of „The Padagogy Wheel“ a to further adapt Bloom’s Taxonomy for the pedagogy possibilities with mobile devices, in particular the iPad.
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You may also like to see the Introduction to the Padagogy Wheel by Allan Carrington: