Social learning refers to the acquisition of social competence that happens exclusively or primarily in a social group. Social learning depends on group dynamics. Social learning promotes the development of individual emotional and practical competence as well as the perception of oneself and the acceptance of others with their individual competencies and limitations.
In social pedagogy social learning is seen as a way to overcome hierarchical, linear behaviouristic learning and is supposed to further individual democratic development. A special emphasis is put on the advancement of reason, ethics and moral courage.