Manifestation of Social Pedagogue Competencies at School

Romas Prakapas, Vitalija Čepaitė


The function of social pedagogues at schools involves assessment and problem solution related to the different difficulties faced by schoolchildren, and accomplishment of preventive programmes targeted at solution of different issues (Job Description of Social Pedagogue approved by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania, 2001). With reference to the above-mentioned official job description (2001) and according to Kvieskienė (2003), a social pedagogue seeks to overcome problems and issues faced by schoolchildren, working in a close collaboration with school administration personnel, other pedagogues and educators, psychologists, speech therapists, parents or legal representatives of schoolchildren, local community and community of the school. The specific nature and versatility of this activity requires the specialist to have many different competences enabling him/her to render high-quality services in a highly qualified manner.
However, a continually changing risk level of the problematic situations faced by schoolchildren in their lives makes the social pedagogue alter his/her work techniques and methods accordingly, which in turn requires acquisition of new competences and development of existing ones. Consequently, the role of the social pedagogue is highly important when dealing with issues and conflicts faced by both schoolchildren as well as other members of the school community. It is therefore worth describing the competences of the social pedagogue.


legal education; secondary school; lesson; critical thinking

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