Social Learning Theory

Learning would be exceedingly laborious, not to mention hazardous, if people had to rely solely on the effects of their own actions to inform them what to do. Fortunately, most human behavior is learned observationally through modeling: from observing others one forms an idea of how new behaviors are performed, and on later occasions this coded information serves as a guide for action.”
-Albert Bandura, Social Learning Theory, 1977

I agree with this above statement, “Learning is thus a combination of watching, thinking and trying.” There’s a lot to be learned from others.We learn from watching our peers, sometimes it’s something great that they’ve done, sometimes we learn from their mistakes, either way we learn.

This article explains the modeling process, involving attention, retention, reproduction and motivation. It explains the value in group work for students to work to their strengths and weaknesses and student interaction.

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