Social Cognitive Theory

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Social Cognitive Theory The social cognitive theory was formed in in 1977 primarily from the work of Albert Bandura, initially developed with the purpose of explaining social behaviors. It emphasizes that “learning occurs in a social context, and that much of what is learned is gained through observation” (Anderman & Anderman, 2009, p. 834). This theory has been applied to a wide spectrum of areas of study such as human functioning as career choice, athletics, organizational behavior, and mental and physical health. It has also been used in the areas of behavior in the classroom including motivation, learning, and achievement. The social cognitive theory has five major concepts.
The first concept is observational learning. This idea
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It also allows one to look at his/her own personal characteristics and their effects on behavior and one’s environment. Like the other concepts, self-regulation goes along with the other processes within the social cognitive theory. For example, if students do not have goals, they are not able to take part in self-regulation (Anderman & Anderman,
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