The social learning theory states that individuals learn by observing behaviors of others. It also states that new behaviors can be acquired by learning and imitating others. The best example of the social learning theory is through Albert Bandura’s bobo doll experiment. In this experiment children watched a film that showed a model act aggressively towards a doll through kicking and beating. Exposure to aggressive modeling resulted in the children imitating the same behavior towards the doll. The children also picked up the hostile language and aggressive playing during the experiment. The bobo doll experiment demonstrated that children are able to learn social behavior through the process of observation and imitation.
I personally really think that the social learning theory is one of my favorites. I truly believe that we see this theory in play every single day, and that we all observe how others act and most of the time many of us “copycat” them. Great post!ReplyDelete