Social behaviour and social skills

  • David Fontana
Part of the Psychology for Professional Groups book series (PPG)


We live in a social world, yet there is little evidence that most of us know how to analyse social experiences and how to improve our social skills. Nor is there much evidence that formal education tries to teach us how to do so. Schools ideally should be places where both staff and children are very much aware of what is happening at each point of social interaction, and very much alert to the role this interaction plays in helping individuals to formulate opinions about themselves and others. But in reality, social relationships are almost as much of a hit and miss business in schools as they are in society generally. Teachers receive little training in social behaviour, and beyond the routine enforcement of the rules of politeness they often have limited expertise in this behaviour to pass on to children.


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© David Fontana 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Fontana
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Wales College of CardiffUK
  2. 2.University of MinhoPortugal

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