Transnational Study on Core Social Competencies - a Sustainable Contribution to Quality in Education and Social Cohesion in Society

Faculty/Professorship: Foundations in Education  
Author(s): Scheunpflug, Annette ; Wenz, Mark  
Other Contributing Persons: Njoya, Ernest Claude ; Rwambonera, François
Conference: ADEA 2012 Triennale on Education and Training in Africa, 11.-17. February 2012, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Publisher Information: Bamberg : Univ.
Year of publication: 2012
Pages: 78
Language(s): English
1 In this study we discuss the psychological mechanisms which favour social behaviour of individuals in society and its importance for social cohesion. We ask for the meaning of core social competencies as a sustainable contribution to quality in education and social cohesion in society.
2 The mechanisms leading to showed social competencies are described as interplay of cognitive aspects of language competencies, the ability to change perspective, emotional and motivational aspects as self-regulation, respect, empathy, self-concept, self-esteem, and value attitudes as, for example, attitudes toward violence, diversity and participation. Theses personal competences lead to social behaviour when interfacing with an environment of accountability, fairness and meritocracy. Therefore enhancing core social competencies is not only an educational task but refers to all levels of society, especially social and labour politics.
3 The study shows that these core social competencies are linked to quality education and lead to a better academic achievement. The paper describes experiences with teacher training aiming to enhance the core social competencies of teachers and students. Hints for effective evaluations are given. The study highlights recommendations for different stakeholders.
4 The study is based on a mix-method-design, including literature review of related research, case studies of different approaches in the field and experts’ comments. Beside case-study experiences from literature, the study is related to two field studies taken for this paper. One study describes a long-time program in Cameroon, attempting to work on the autonomy and self-responsibility of students and teachers in order to reach higher quality of education. The other study is about a program in Rwanda, working on a post-genocide pedagogy, focussing on an active and participatory education. Both programs worked with teacher training but used different methodologies (in Cameroon, teacher experts groups; in Rwanda trainings for the entire team of schools). Both had been evaluated by an out-come evaluation, including tests.
Keywords: Education, Social Competencies, Social Cohesion
Type: Conferenceobject
Year of publication: 30. May 2014