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Social Role of the Teacher

The teacher is much more than just the agent of a subject. Children spend a significant part of their day at school, which puts an enormous responsibility on teachers. School is both an academic and social institution (for socialization). For Émile Durkheim the word social was equal to norms, which were thought to be the putty of whole society. A “social” person fits to standards, unlike the “asocial” one, and therefore socialization is necessary. “Social” as being able to cope (for example, through education), or as the introduction of norms, or as the promotion of cooperation are important both for the school and the teacher.

The Meaning of “Social”

The word social is derived from societas, meaning connection and society. This Latin expression in turn derives from ...

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