Special issue: Creativity and Social Pedagogy

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Creativity and Social Pedagogy

A International Journal of Social Pedagogy special issue.


Social pedagogy is inherently creative. Over the last ten years it has attracted wider attention in the UK because of its focus on providing solutions for social isolation and social exclusion, not just at the level of the individual and their community, but at broader societal levels. These debates have been framed as a response to the more managerial approaches in established forms of intervention such as social and youth work. A key element of social pedagogy is creativity and the co-production of solutions, recognising that the problems faced by people are complex and have unique aspects. They therefore require an equal partnership between the professionals and the people with whom they work to understand their lived experience and jointly develop meaningful responses. Creativity plays a crucial part in this dialogical process.

Today, creative thinking is highly relevant to social work and other social and educational professions. Through its holistic relationship-centred approach, social pedagogy can offer a beneficial perspective that encourages creative/divergent thinking as well as the integration of expressive arts and other creative methods into everyday practice of working with people in a broad range of contexts.

This special issue of the International Journal of Social Pedagogy aims to explore these issues in greater detail.  Articles published draw on a wide range of topics from across the social professions to discuss these forms of creative activity, including theatre and drama, film, poetry, music, and symbols.  Overall, we hope that they provide creative insights into:

  • Using creativity within higher education settings
  • How creativity can enhance practice interventions 
  • Co-production and creativity 
  • Co-creation through the ‘common third’ 
  • Creativity, ‘Haltung’, realising potential and promoting a holistic view of people using our services 
  • Creativity across the life course – exploration of the way creativity can be used with diverse populations 
  • Arts and creativity – beyond therapy 

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


Guest Editor

Dr Kieron Hatton, School of Health Sciences and Social Work, University of Portsmouth, UK


Article list

A new framework for creativity in social pedagogy

Kieron Hatton
Published: 14 October 2020


Creating a learning space: Using experiential learning and creativity in the teaching and learning of social pedagogy

Lowis Charfe, Ali Gardner, Edwin Greenhalgh, Helen Marsden, Daniel Nester, Lindy Simpson
Published: 15 July 2020


Older people and creativity: What can a social pedagogical perspective add to this work?

Rob Hunter
Published: 11 May 2020


Social pedagogy, music making and adopted children

Ryan Humphrey
Published: 17 April 2020

Utilising the ‘common third’ to enhance social work education

Elizabeth McCreadie
Published: 17 April 2020

Creative mentoring: A creative response to promote learning and wellbeing with children in care. A service developed by Derbyshire County Council’s Virtual School

Claire Parker
Published: 20 March 2020


Using creativity, co-production and the common third in a communication skills module to identify and mend gaps between the stakeholders of social work education

Emma Reith-Hall
Published: 14 February 2020


Creating space to think and feel - reflections on teaching, learning and practice in social work, with insights from social pedagogy

James Ganpatsingh
Published: 20 December 2019


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