The Social Of Social Learning Theory

1894 Words Apr 25th, 2016 8 Pages
In many different social settings, individuals learn by observation. From a young age, babies observe their parents and mimic their actions. This is a prime example of the social learning theory. The social learning theory “suggests that observational learning can have a powerful effect and that the effect is enhanced when the observers believe that the person demonstrating the behavior is similar to themselves” (Deeming & Johnson, 2009, p. 204). Why is this theory important to society, one may ask? Aside from the fact that the social learning theory is widely used everyday, it is something that all individuals both learn from and demonstrate to others. The purpose of this report is to discuss and review literature about the social …show more content…
472). Whether learning would be in a preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school or even college, teachers, professors and even peers all teach us. The social learning theory applies to both intentional learning, which would be learning in a school/educational setting, and unintentional learning, which would be learning in a social setting. The saying “you learn something new everyday” is legitimate, especially when it is used in relation to the social learning theory. Next, the social learning theory is also influenced by culture. According to Annie McCullough Chavis, “Culture shapes human behavior and the social environment” (2013, p. 472). Culture regulates what is appropriate for a given set of people in society. Individuals can learn from culture, while at the same time, culture is constantly changing to fit the needs of the people. Culture influences the way individuals behaves in society. McCullough Chavis went on to say that, “All individuals are social beings and carry within them their cultural experiences that affect all aspects of behavior” (2013, p. 472). By the same token, we learn from culture through experiences, and these experiences shape our thoughts, outlooks, actions, and so much more every single day. The social learning theory is one of the few theories that can be
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