Social Learning Theory (Education)

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  • Explained in full by Bandura (1977), this perspective proposes two ideas. First, much of our learning involves others. We can watch and learn (vicarious learning), we can be guided or instructed by others while we are learning (guided participation), and we can be influenced by others to learn or while learning (social persuasion). The second aspect of social learning theory is its emphasis on the continuous and reciprocal relationship between cognitive and behavioral learning within a social environment. Within the social context, several learning theories may be applied. Information process theory focuses on the mechanics of learning through attention (through the sensory register), the analysis and labeling of new information (working memory), and the cataloging and storage of that information (long-term memory). On the other ...

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