Social pedagogy is an academic discipline that draws on core theories from various related
disciplines, such as education, sociology, psychology and philosophy. Social pedagogic practice is
concerned with human beings' learning, well-being and inclusion into society.
The term pedagogy is derived from the Greek pais (child) and agein (to lead, to bring up). As a concept,
social pedagogy is founded on humanistic values and an image of children as active agents and competent,
resourceful human beings. This translates pedagogy as 'education in its widest sense', a holistic approach
towards children's experiential learning with head, heart, and hands. Particularly in the context of residential
child care, the terms social pedagogy and pedagogy are often used synonymously. The Pedagogue
Kornbeck illustrates the close relationship of the two terms by describing social pedagogy as the provision of
social welfare based on pedagogic principles.