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Responding to children in the 21st century: education, social pedagogy and belonging

20 February 2018, 5:45 pm–7:00 pm

Professor Claire Cameron

As a society we want our children and young people to thrive and fulfill their potential. How then, can we best identify and respond to their needs in order to achieve this?

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Jeffrey Hall
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
United Kingdom

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In this lecture, Professor Claire Cameron takes the case of children in state care and the longer term impacts on those young people of having been in care. In particular, she examines the practice of social pedagogy, which describes a holistic and relationship-centred way of working in care and educational settings, and what this can bring to young people's development - physical, emotional, intellectual and social.

Professor Cameron argues that to make substantial progress for all young people we need to expand our understanding of the scope of 'belonging' to give children in care a 'rich' life.

About the speaker

Claire Cameron is Professor of Social Pedagogy at UCL Institute of Education (IOE), where she has been researching issues of care, social pedagogy, gender, the children's workforce, looked after children and early childhood education and care since the early 1990s. She is also Deputy Director of the Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU), a specialist social science research unit at the IOE.

Previously a social worker, she has conducted many studies, with a particular focus on cross-national studies, funded by government, the European Union and NGOs. She led the first European study of the higher education pathways of young people from public care backgrounds (also known as YiPPEE, 2008-11).

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The lecture will be followed by a wine reception.

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