Reflection on Social Learning Theory

2456 Words Dec 9th, 2012 10 Pages
Learning nowadays is very much different from what we normally went through decades ago. There are many aspects in learning which have evolved and emerged to make learning more effective and meaningful to the learner. Learners’ role emerged from passively receiving information to actively participating in their own learning. Teachers’ role from delivering direct instruction to facilitating one’s learning. Learning theories evolved from behaviourism to social constructivism. Learning environment has change from a traditional four wall classroom to virtual online environment. Despite of the change, social and cultural dimensions has always been a very crucial element to take into account to promote better learning in any context at any …show more content…
Apart from that, I have watched many Youtube videos on how to swim. I read about the technique of how to learn to swim. Friends have also been helping me to learn to swim. However, despite of all the efforts, putting so much attention and motivation, I still fail to learn swimming. I believe it has to do with phobia – fear of drowning. Another internal factor that might affect learning is one’s innate ability. For example tone deafness. I have been teaching students in my choir club to sing for almost two years and I encountered several tone deaf students in which he or she cannot distinguish between musical notes or lack of relative pitch. Although I have modelled and teach them to learn listening to music note and imitate the pitch or tone repetitively, they are still unable to do so correctly which I believe due to the innate inability factors.
Social learning theory consists of several teaching approaches, namely active learning, collaborative learning and cooperative learning. Active learning is a learner centered approach of instruction in which learners participate actively in the learning process instead of just listening passively in class or lecture. There are three types of active learning, namely collaborative learning, cooperative learning and problem based learning. Active learning can be done in class through learning activities such as debates, dialogues, problem solving and so on. Active learning involves learners’ participation,