“Raising a Socially Competent Child”: Unpacking the Concept of Social Competence
AUTHOR : Eunae Son
INFORMATION : page. 93~114 / 2014 Vol.8 No.2
This paper investigates how social competence, as a discourse, has been constructed in the field of early
childhood education (hereafter ‘the field’) and how the conceptualization of social competence in
academia has been applied to educational practices. Based on Bruner’s (1996) notions of folk
psychology and folk pedagogy and Foucault’s notion of discourse (Foucault, 1972), I identify the
cultural values and beliefs in the dominant discourses about raising “a socially competent child”,
comparing and contrasting them with cultural psychological studies on cultural practices of socialization
and teaching. By doing so, I discuss both relatively overemphasized and neglected perspectives of
young children’s socialization in the field. Finally, I discuss the educational implications of cultural
diversity in the conceptualization of and cultural practices of social competence and call for the
appreciation and empowerment of diverse values and characteristics of social competence.
social competence,social development,cultural psychology,socialization
Mode of Inquiry and Data Sources
Discourse of “Raising a Socially Competent Child”
Empowering Diverse Characteristics of Social Competence
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