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PURSUING THE WELFARE OF SOCIETY BY DR. STEPHEN M. GARRETT Basic Competencies and Values of a Social Pedagogue.

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1 PURSUING THE WELFARE OF SOCIETY BY DR. STEPHEN M. GARRETT Basic Competencies and Values of a Social Pedagogue

2 Basic Competencies & Values of a Social Pedagogue What is the function of a social pedagogue in society?

3 What is a Society? “The state or condition of living in company with other people; the system of customs and organization adopted by a group of people for harmonious coexistence or mutual benefit.” “A community of people living in a particular country or region and having shared customs, laws, or institutions.” --Oxford English Dictionary

4 What is a flourishing society? What does it mean to flourish?  To grow. To thrive. To bloom or blossom. In what ways?  Health? Wealth? Emotionally? Can human beings flourish without perfect health or wealth?

5 Beliefs, Values, and Society “Behavior is belief” in that “what is part of our culture is also part of our lived religion.” --T. S. Eliot, Christianity and Culture, 104 “Culture is not simply a humanistic endeavor but is often the place where people within a society express, whether they realize it or not, their beliefs about God, the world, and themselves.” --Stephen M. Garrett, “Pursing the Peace of the City”

6 Source: Beliefs & Values Rituals Heroes Symbols Practices Relationship of Beliefs & Values to Society

7 Values of a Social Pedagogue Love, Compassion, and Empathy Patience Tolerance and Understanding

8 Values of a Social Pedagogue Honesty A Sense of Justice Hope

9 Basic Competencies of a Social Pedagogue Understand what it means to be a human being Understand what it means for a society to flourish Understand what it means to believe or not believe in God and its impact on how you live

10 Basic Competencies of a Social Pedagogue Be quick to listen and slow to speak Be solution oriented Be imaginative and creative

11 Ideas for Developing Values and Competencies Find a place of service, a place to volunteer Volunteer in a place where you are uncomfortable Read, Read, Read… …History, Poetry, and Literature

12 Resources Robert Bolton, People Skills: How to Assert Yourself, Listen to Others, and Resolve Conflicts (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1979) Parker Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1998) Inga Balciuniene and Natalija Mazeikiene, “Educating a Socially Active and Tolerant Citizen: Compatibility Between Religious and Civic Education,” Socialinis Ugdymas, 12(23) 2010:


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