14 May 2018

The concept of socio-educational intervention has been much discussed in the field of education. Nonetheless, and despite its versatility and variety of meanings, it is one of the most commonly used concepts in the fields of school and social education. The aim of this text is twofold: on the one hand it will analyse this term and argue for its usefulness and applicability in our field; on the other hand it will derive from this analysis a whole series of pedagogical principles that can help with the training of teachers and educators and the development of their professional practice. Given the complexity of socio-educational intervention processes, the methodology employed to derive these pedagogical principles will be metaphors. The aim is to collect or create metaphors that enable analysis and reinterpretation of the socio-educational intervention processes that take place within the framework of professional practice. Six metaphors are presented and analysed in the text: 1) the horse and the fountain; 2) socio-educational synapses; 3) the crocodile and the pond; 4) the tightrope walker; 5) the bullet and the moving target; and, finally, 6) signalling beacons. These all allow a novel look at the socio-educational intervention processes used by education professionals. Some of the pedagogical principles developed refer to the sovereignty of the learner in relation to learning, the need to establish links with participants and work together, and the need to establish guidelines to steer the actions of those who work in education and pedagogy, among other principles.

Cite this article as: Úcar, X. (2018).  Metáforas de la intervención socioeducativa: implicaciones pedagógicas para la práctica | Metaphors for socio-educational intervention: pedagogical implications for practiceRevista Española de Pedagogía, 76 (270), 209-224  doi:

11 May 2018

Pragmatic language is the socially appropriate use of language in accordance with the context in which interactions take place. In view of this, deficiencies in pragmatic skills have a significant impact on psychosocial adjustment. Recent evidence has shown that children who present behavioural problems usually display these linguistic difficulties as well. The aim of this work is to analyse different interventions intended to improve the pragmatic skills of children with behavioural and/or attention problems and discuss the evidence of the results. After a literature search, nine interventions were found: five aimed at children with behavioural problems and four intended for children with attention and hyperactivity problems. The results showed that, while the characteristics of the interventions varied considerably, they generally achieved positive results, especially when they were implemented using a systemic approach with other educational agents participating (such as the family or peer group). Even so, the lack of available evidence suggests that further research into evidence-based interventions to help children improve their pragmatic, communicative, and social competences is required.


Cite this article as: Rodríguez-Meirinhos, A. y Ciria-Barreiro, E. (2018). Revisión de intervenciones para mejorar las habilidades pragmáticas en niños y niñas con problemas de conducta y atención | Review of interventions to improve pragmatic language skills in children with behaviour and attention problemsRevista Española de Pedagogía, 76 (270), 295-312.  doi: