Video:Overview of the Social Learning Theorywith Hollie Hancock
Albert Bandura's social learning theory tries to explain how children model their behavior after those around them. This About.com video will go in the social learning theory in greater depth.See Transcript
Transcript:Overview of the Social Learning Theory
Hi, I'm Hollie Hancock, here today with About.com to give you a brief overview of social learning theory.
Meaning of the Social Learning Theory
As humans, we are constantly learning. We learn in a number of different ways. We adapt and process information about everything in our world from communication, from television, from the internet; even Facebook shapes the way we learn! One of the ways in which we learn is by observing others. Albert Bandura's Social Learning Theory suggests that people learn from one another via observation, imitation, and modeling.
Example of the Social Learning Theory
So what does this mean? Well, in very, very simple terms: monkey see, monkey do! For example: A two year old watches her mother get ready for work in the morning. After several mornings of observing mom getting ready for work, the two year old picks up a makeup brush and begins to rub it against her face. The two year old is imitating the behavior she sees. Just a note to all you parents out there: be careful what you say and do, your little one is watching and learning from you. In summary, Bandura's Social Learning Theory explains human behavior in terms of cognitive, behavioral, and environmental influences. Everyone and everything around us has an impact on how we think and behave.
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