Social Learning Theory
- Bandura states that behavior is learned from the environment through the process of observational learning.
- Observational learning describes the process that occurs when the learner sees a behavior demonstrated by a role model as well as the consequence of the same behavior.
- His theory integrates a continuous interaction between behaviors, cognition and the environment.
Pros And Cons Of Theory
- Combines several important models of learning
- The theory advocates that children are motivated to imitate a behavior if that behavior is seen as resulting in praise or some kind of reward.
- The biggest weakness of the theory is that It does not stress the child's actual cognitive development.
Background Of Bandura
- Born on December 4, 1925
- He graduated form the University of British Columbia in 1949 with a degree in Psychology
- Bandura received his PHD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Iowa in 1952
- He began teaching at Stanford University in 1953
- Bandura received the American Psychological Association (APA) Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions in 1980
- It was through his studies on adolescent aggression that he became increasingly interested in vicarious learning, modeling, and imitation
This led his theory to stress the importance of observational learning, imitation, and modeling.
How To Apply In The Classroom
- ROLE PLAYING
- DEBATING The TOPIC
- CREATE QUIZZES
- GROUP TEST TAKING
- MIND MAPS
Does It Still Exist In Education Today?
Yes it still exists in the classroom today. Albert Bandura still teaches this theory in his classroom at Stanford University today.