The Theory Of The Social Learning Theory

2061 Words Mar 5th, 2016 9 Pages
The act of learning is an innate characteristic belonging to people across the globe. Learning can take place in many different forms (reading, writing, speaking, listening, excellency in a particular skill, etc.) and settings, generalizing from one content area to another. It also occurs at varying rates across a diverse spectrum of populations and can be influenced by any number of factors including personalities, perceived abilities, societal values and environment. Some individuals acquire information best in formal settings, like the direct instruction or supports found in a classroom, while others may benefit more from informal instruction, learning incidentally from their surroundings. Throughout the course of history, there have been many perspectives regarding education and the manner in which individuals learn best. I will primarily focus on the educational perspective of the Social Learning Theory and briefly discuss its history as well as its prominent figures, components, and implications in regard to language and literacy both inside and outside of the classroom.
In 1954 Julian B. Rotter developed the Social Learning Theory that gravitated away from Freud’s psychoanalysis and Skinner’s behaviorism that focused on behavior rather than intrinsic thought. They were the most popular theories during that time, focusing on experimental methods, emphasizing variables that are observable, measurable, and manipulatable, avoiding “whatever is subjective, internal,…
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