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Social competence

Social competencies are those life skills students need to succeed in life. They should permeate the school culture and be expectations actively taught, encouraged and rewarded.

There are three social competence elements to address:

Competency elements

Nelsen, Lott and Glenn, in Positive Discipline (Three Rivers Press, 2000) list the following social competencies:

  • respect for self and others

  • self-discipline and taking responsibility

  • self-confidence and courage

  • the desire to co-operate and contribute

  • good communication and problem-solving skills

  • self-motivation and accurate capability perceptions

  • honesty, a sense of humour and happiness

  • healthy self-esteem; flexibility, resilience and curiosity.

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