It is taking the perspective of and empathizing with others who may differ from you and appreciating others and their differences. It entails understanding, empathizing, and compassion for those with different backgrounds and ideologies (Weissberg, 2016).
One fundamental aspect of social awareness is respecting and celebrating others’ perspectives in various social interactions and settings, which promotes pro-social behavior (Decety, 2009). Further, social awareness allows people to recognize situations where social support is vital regarding conflict resolution and problem-solving.
For instance, having peer support and study groups may help college students understand concepts from other perspectives, learn the material, and promote greater academic success.
Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (2013). The 2013 CASEL Guide: Effecitive social and emotional learning programs-preschool and elementary school edition. Chicago, IL. Retrieved from: https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED581699.pdf
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