Back to: Sociological Foundation of Education Unit 2
What are the Social Aspects of Education?
Samuel Koenig describes Education as “ the process whereby the social heritage of a group is passed on from one generation to another as well as the process whereby the child becomes socialised, i.e. learns the rules of behaviour of the group into which he is born.”
Accordingly Lowie says,
“it is as old as organised social life. Schooling is merely a highly specialised form of education.”
Learning is a creative experience.
Education is a continuous process beginning at birth and it ends with death. Education as social institution, plays a vital role in our society. The function of education is multidimensional within the school system and outside it. Education is an important part of the control mechanisms of society. Education is a necessity right in every type of society, i.e. from the simple society to modern complex industrial society.
Social Aspects of Education
i. Social awareness
Make children understand social behavioural norms, recognise other people’s emotions, and empathise with people from different backgrounds and cultures.
ii. Relationship skills
Students will learn how to form healthy relationships and communicate properly with a resin or group. Important skills like active listening and team building should be taught which are essential both inside and outside of the classroom.
Make students understand about their strengths, weaknesses, and where their interests lie. Be aware about their behaviours and how certain actions may affect others so that they can learn how to perceive their own feelings as well as what other people may be feeling.
iv. Responsible decision-making
Teaches students to be independent and to make their own decisions and choices. By taking into consideration social norms and differences, students will be able to make respectful and well thought out decisions.
Teach students how to control their own emotions and behaviours, which consists of time management, stress management, motivation and more important for children as they grow and need to manage their own schedules.