Social pedagogical work is a field of practice that is indebted to and illuminated by aspects of knowledge from sociology and psychology, but many practitioners feel that social pedagogical theories are too abstract and distant from the challenges faced in practice.
In Practical Social Pedagogy Jan Storo shows the reader for the first time how the theories and practices of social pedagogy interlock. The book combines social pedagogy theories, psychology, sociology and social work with a social constructionist perspective to help practitioners guide children and young people to cope better with the challenges they face as they grow up. The author emphasises that the actualities of practice are first disclosed in the meeting between the professional practitioner and the client.
The book uses many practical examples to help make the application of social pedagogy more accessible, and is ideal for students on courses covering work with children and young people.
This translation has been carried out by Kirsti Spaven and is published with the financial support of NORLA.
"This is a substantial book, albeit one with a very practical focus – it is for students and professionals who want to study and work with children and young people. It is a very accessible, one-volume account of the theory and practice of social pedagogy, and it will allow UK professionals to engage more fully in international dialogues about social pedagogy practice. Its publication is very timely and there is nothing else like it on the market at the moment." Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care
"A Solid Contribution." European Journal of Social Work
"In this book, the reader is presented with a realistic, practice-related picture of modern social pedagogy. Through pointing out the various possibilities and different paths to follow in working with children and families within this tradition, the author is at all times very clear about his own position and views." Trude Løkholm, Assistant Professor, University College of Harstad, Norway
Jan Storø is an Associate Professor of Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Child Welfare Bachelor Program. He worked with young people and children in care from 1975 to 1999, mostly as a leader of residential units and was leader of The Norwegian Leaving Care Project (1999–2002) and the MST Treatment Unit of Oslo (2002–05). Storø is author of five books on the transition from care to adulthood and social pedagogy and a wide range of articles on topics connected to child welfare.
Preface to the original Norwegian edition; Preface to the English edition; Introduction - why social pedagogy?; Theoretical perspectives on social pedagogy; From theory to practice; Who is the social pedagogue?; What does the social pedagogue do?; What are the tools of the social pedagogue's trade?; Conclusion.