What is an open social system and its elements and as a future principal, why is it important to know that there is an open social system?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are several definitions of this, and your question is unclear as to which you might be talking about.  Two definitions that seem like they might be appropriate:

  • An open social system is one which can be affected by its environment.
  • It is a system where people can move up or down the social ladder -- where talented people can advance.

It would be important to know whether a country or a business is an open system because it would affect your understanding of that system and how to succeed in it.  It would also affect your understanding of the challenges and opportunities that faced the system.

I'm sorry I can't be of more help, but your question is not clear.

M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would say that, as a future principal you must accept the consequences of an open social system because that will give you an insight of the different and specific needs of the many different populations that will be serviced by your learning institution.

Knowing that social systems are open implies that you must be flexible to changes that will range from socioeconomic status, to demographics, to fluctuation in students of different creeds, backgrounds, languages, and other factors which are a direct consequence of social changes.