The Theory Of Social Learning Theory

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When Albert Bandura first developed the social learning theory, he was interested in discovering how individuals change the way they behave based on who is around them. The theory suggests that children learn from watching the behaviors of others and imitating, or modeling, those actions (Dolgin, p. 40). While parents continue to be the most likely person children model throughout their lives, friends and peers increase their role during adolescence. Bandura expanded on his social learning theory by using Skinner’s operative conditioning theory that “emphasizes the dual roles of reinforcement (reward) and punishment on influencing the behavior we perform” (Dolgin, p.41). Through vicarious reinforcement, Bandura concluded children socially develop by observing the positive or negative consequences of another person’s behavior (Dolgin, p.41). During my observations, I witnessed the students socially developing using Bandura’s theory. During an ELA lesson the teacher prepared to introduce new vocabulary words, students changed their behavior based on how their classmate was punished. The assignment called for the students to brainstorm what they thought a word meant and copy the definition from the SmartBoard. After, the students were allowed to use their IPad to come up with a synonym for their vocabulary word and add it to their worksheet. The teacher allowed the students to retrieve their IPads before the lesson began but specifically instructed them to keep the…
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