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Pedagogia Social i Tecnologies de la Informació i la Comunicació (PSITIC)

Coordinator/Director: Jordi Riera
Centre/Institute/Faculty: BLANQUERNA-FPCEEB
University: Universitat Ramon Llul
Main Focus Area: 3, Education: innovation, competencies and values
Main SubFocus Area: New educational models
No. of PhDs: 12
Total members: 20

Brief description
This group’s first general line of research focuses on reconceptualising the educational system as a network of socio-educational co-responsibilities and inter-professional work. This research is fully associated to the latest Social Pedagogy contributions and work on a new definition of roles, relations (formal and informal) and the educational agents involved. Some of the group’s work on sub-focus areas currently underway include: community development through socio-educational foundations; conceptualisation and action of the social-educational network (for needy environments or not); the city as educator and a city’s educational project; the network and family/school/community relations; family education today; socialisation and re-socialisation: strategies and resources; social exclusion and inclusion; collapse of the formal educational system and teacher “burnout”; and socio-pedagogical, educational and socio-communitarian conflict and mediation.
The second general line of research encompasses the socio-educational impact of new information and communications technology at different levels: family, school and community (local and global). Some of the sub-focus areas the group is currently working on include: IT contributions to “learning to learn”, the school-family relation and school organisation from the “learning organisation” perspective; ITs and new educational roles; the pedagogical development of online platforms as support for in-class learning; learning communities with IT support; video and electronic games; and design, creation and evaluation of multimedia teaching material.
The group’s third general line is based on the relation and cross-referencing of the above two focuses, centring research on the development of ITs as support for the different nodes and projects in the inclusive socio-educational network. In this sense, the group is currently researching: the relation between Social Pedagogy and ITs; the contributions and opportunities IT represent for inclusion, multiculturalism and social-community cohesion; IT support for community development and community educational projects; IT implementation factors and strategies to bridge the digital gap; international cooperation and ITs; social cohesion and management of social complexity to create opportunities; life-long learning and distance learning; and non-technological innovation, organisational transformation and new ways of working.