Albert Bandura

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Albert Bandura: The Social Cognitive Theory
Jerry D. Nicholson
Liberty University
Student ID: 21273100
PSYC 341
October 7, 2007

Albert Bandura is one of the pioneers in the study of human development. His biographical background lays a good foundation for the basis of his work as a psychologist. His social cognitive theory will be examined in detail to highlight the effect that environment has on behavior. There are four basic features to the theory introduced by Bandura that will be discussed; (1) observational learning, (2) self-regulation, (3) self-efficacy, and (4) reciprocal determinism. All four features combined will prove to offer a keen insight into the environmental aspect of our behavior.
Albert Bandura:
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As a young graduate student, instead of spending one of his Sunday's on school work, he decided to enjoy a round of golf. After he and a friend arrived late for an original tee time, they were bumped to a later time slot. It was then that they found themselves playing behind two female golfers who were playing relatively slow. The two men decided to join the ladies, and in doing so, the relationship between Albert Bandura and Ginny Varns was sparked. The two married, and eventually had two daughters who became the product of a chance encounter. Bandura earned his master's degree in 1951, and had a PhD in clinical psychology by the end of the following year at the young age of 27. Once his academic education was complete, he chose to spend a year in Wichita, Kansas involved in an internship at the Wichita Guidance Center. In 1953, he joined the faculty at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California where he has remained to this day. Bandura wrote several publications early in his career. Most of these dealt with clinical psychology, and were primarily focused on psychotherapy and the Rorschach test. Then in 1958, he chose to collaborate with the late Richard H. Walters on a paper that centralized on the theme of aggressive delinquents. Walters was actually Bandura's first doctoral student at Stanford. One year later, their book, Adolescent Aggression, was published. During the course of his career, he showed
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