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Video:Albert Bandura's Social Child Development Theory

with Dr. Robert Reiner

Albert Bandura's social child development theory relied on the idea of "modelling" in a child's behavior. This psychology video from About.com will go into Bandura's social child development theory in greater detail.See Transcript

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Transcript:Albert Bandura's Social Child Development Theory

My name is Dr. Robert Reiner from Behavioral Associates in New York City, talking to you now about Albert Bandura, who was a psychologist, and his famous theory on social learning which was really a form of modelling.

Bandura's Social Child Development Theory Deals With Modelling

Bandura's theory was his response to what he thought was the overly mechanistic and limited contributions of Skinnerian or operant conditioning. Bandura was convinced that something else was taking place besides simple reinforcement that allowed or caused people to learn certain things. He had the term "modelling."

Example of Modelling

An example of this would be if you show a bunch, a roomful of children, their parents or group of adults, they are attacking a particular type of doll. Sure enough, out in the playground, children spontaneously stopped what they were doing and attacked these dolls just as they had seen half an hour earlier. What other proof of modelling could there be? There's no evident reinforcer here, in fact, no one can really and reliably think about any type of potential reinforcer in that situation, yet this is extremely predictive.

This has been Dr. Robert Reiner from Behavioral Associates in New York, talking to you about Albert Bandura's social learning theory and how it led to the concept of "modelling." If you want more information about this, please go to About.com.

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