Special Issue: The Relation of Social Pedagogy and Social Work

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The Relation of Social Pedagogy and Social Work 

An International Journal of Social Pedagogy special issue.


From a global perspective, social pedagogy relates to traveling philosophical ideas and has a transnational history of approaches. At the same time, social pedagogy has been frequently described as of “multifaceted nature” (Hämäläinen 2015), mirroring differing language contexts, political and cultural frames that are linked to historically divergent institutionalizations of (national) welfare states. Against this contradictious background, it is possible to find multiple consistent answers to the question what social pedagogy is (Janer & Úcar 2016). So, in many respects, asking for the relation of social pedagogy and social work is a key question to follow when it is the aim to reify and define social pedagogy in international terms. The contributions to this special issue of the International Journal of Social Pedagogy mark relations of social pedagogy and social work in practice and academia in various countries. On the basis of these contributions, international differences and commonalities become more obvious. Overall, we hope to provide elaborate and more systematic insights into globally different contexts of social pedagogy, and to contribute to an internationally comparative perspective on global relation(s) of social pedagogy and social work.



Hämäläinen, J. (2015): Defining Social Pedagogy: Historical, Theoretical and Practical Considerations. British Journal of Social Work, 45, 1022–1038
Janer, À., Úcar, X. (2016). Analysing the dimensions of Social Pedagogy from an international perspective. European Journal of Social Work, 20(2), 203–218.


Publication date: Articles are being published as and when ready on an on-going basis and will appear below.


Guest Editors

Dr Onno Husen, Institute of Social Work and Social Pedagogy, University of Lueneburg, Germany
Prof Philipp Sandermann, Institute of Social Work and Social Pedagogy, University of Lueneburg, Germany


Article list

Articles will be listed here upon publication.

A socio-historic overview of social pedagogy and social work in Mexico

Authors: Karla Villaseñor Palma, Carlos Enrique Silva Ríos, Guadalupe Huerta Morales
Published: 08 March 2022


Social pedagogy and social work relations in Greece: autonomous trajectories

Authors: Iro Mylonakou-Keke, Theano Kallinikaki, Anait Mertzanidou
Published: 13 December 2022


Social pedagogy versus social work in a Swedish context

Authors: Elisabet Cedersund, Lisbeth Eriksson, Bibbi Ringsby Jansson, Lars A. Svensson
Published: 02 November 2021


Social education and social work in Japan: from an education welfare theory perspective

Author: Yaka Matsuda
Publication date: 30 September 2021


The relationships between social pedagogy, social work and child protection: the case of Estonia

Author: Mare Leino
Publication date: 28 September 2021


Social pedagogy vs social work in Poland

Author: Anna Odrowąż-Coates, Katarzyna Szostakowska
Publication date: 24 March 2021


Social pedagogy, social education and social work in Spain: Convergent paths

Author: Xavier Úcar
Publication date: 26 February 2021


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