Albert Bandura

Therorist in Child Development

Biographical Information

Albert Bandura was born on December 4, 1925 in a small Canadian town. He was the youngest of six children. He went to a school that only had two teachers. Recieving a good education was hard because of the limited resources they had. Soon, Bandura became interested in psychology and became a biology science major at the University of British Comlumbia. After three years, he graduated and went to graduate school in Iowa. He has earned his Ph.D and accepted a position to work at Stanford University. He has found interest in the social learning theory. To this day he works there and has increased his studies on adolescent aggression.


Albert Bandura's social learning theory stresses the importance of children's behavior and aggressions to different things that they may have. His most famous experiment was the 1961 Bobo doll study. In the experiment, he made a film in which a woman that was beating up a Bobo doll and shouting aggressive words. The film was then shown to a group of children. Afterwards, the children were allowed to play in a room that held a Bobo doll. The children immediately began to beat the doll, imitating the actions and words of the woman in the film. The theory was successful because it showed how children imitate what they see.
Bobo Doll experiment (Bandura)