Effective Social Learning Theories

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Effective social learning theories do not just explain behaviors, they build bridges. Few experts believe that social or even biologically determined actions arise in isolation: they come about as a result of a variety of factors that may be located inside or outside of the subject, but eventually they come together in combination. It is this recognition that has formed the basis (at least in retrospect) for the long-lasting impact of Bandura's social learning or now social cognitive theory of behavior. It is a theory that can be its own agent for building a better self (Bandura, Agentic, n.d.). Bandura effectively put together one of the first broad-reaching and well accepted model pulled upon both sociological and psychological precepts (essentially mirroring the development of what is now referred as social psychology). People don't just respond to the external influences of cultures and norms; nor do they operate by the internal dictates of the inner workings of an individual's psychology, which related to how the perceive the world around them. Instead, he thought it was necessary for them to combine both influences into a dynamic or reciprocal model where one learns self-knowledge and then continuously checks that knowledge against reality. If a general alignment occurs between what someone learns and how he or she perceives themselves, the chances are greater that the person will associate himself or herself with that experience repeatedly, effectively making it a
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