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The Acquisition of Social Skills for the Development of Citizenship Experience

Author(s) Rudite Andersone,  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2004  
Editor A. Ross, The Experience of Citizenship  
Language English  
Age group -  
In building multicultural Europe Union, the social skills of every society member are important as they promote effective co-operation in all the spheres of life and form the experience of citizenship. Social skills develop and manifest in people social interaction. Social skills are simultaneously life skills, only the latter notion is wider. In 1999 in Copenhagen the European Regional Office of the World Health Organisation formulated life skills as social and physical skills alongside with cognitive skills that give man a possibility to control and lead one's life, to live in a definite environment and change it. The World Health Organisation singled out ten groups of important life skills: decision taking, problem solving, critical thinking, creative thinking, communication, self-awareness, interpersonal skills, emotion control, stress control and empathy. R. Faris (1998) considers social capital: trust, cooperation, common values and intellectual capital: knowledge and talents as very significant values for any society.

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