Most influential theorist

Albert Bandura

Need To Know

Albert Bandura is a very influential theorist. Bandura's concept adds a social element, arguing that people can learn new information and behaviors by watching other people. In simpler terms by observation learning or modeling. Observation learning or modeling is definitely still used in education today.

Important Information


There are three core concepts.

  1. Learning from observation

An example of this would be a little girl playing house and kitchen at her preschool because she sees her mom do things like washing dishes and taking care of children at home. Some pros of this concept are that child has more of a maternal instinct and the child could be modeling some positive and helpful behavior. A con is if the child sees negative things at home that child is more than likely to come to school and model the same thing. An example would be if mom and dad use bad language at home that kid is going to come to school and use the same vocabulary.

2. Metal states are important to learning.

Instinstic reinforcement is a form of internal reward, such as pride, satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment.

3. Learning does not necessarily lead to change in behavior.