Bronfenbrenner 's Theory Of Social Learning Theory

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As discussed in class, Bronfenbrenner’s “Ecological Theory” or “Bioecological Systems Theory” is unlike most other developmental theories that believe development is a process of stages, contradictorily, Bronfenbrenner believed biological and environmental factors are the basis for development, rather than stages. The focus should be on the child’s environmental quality and context, which the environmental interactions become more complex as the child develops physically and cognitively. Therefore, the primary relationship needs to be fostered by a caring person within their immediate sphere, such as a caregiver, and meant to last a lifetime (Broderick, & Blewitt, 2015). Bandura’s perspective on psychology was that of a behaviorist when he developed his “Social Learning Theory,” which was a similar viewpoint as Ivan Pavlov, classical conditioning, B. F. Skinner, operant conditioning and John Watson, behaviorism. Behaviorists view psychology through objective experimentation, with the only goal being able to have the ability to predict and control behaviors (Watson, 1994). One important distention between the early methodological behaviorist and the later neo or radical behaviorist, was the extent in which environmental factors influenced behavior. Bandura’s “Social Learning Theory” states that learning not only occurs from the traditional concepts, conditioning, reinforcement, and punishment, but through observing others as well, he referred to this process as observation leaning. Observational learning is best illustrated through the famous Bobo doll experiment (Bandura, Ross, & Ross, 1961). When a child sees an influential individual, such as a parent or an authority figure, displaying a certain behavior, the child may imitate ... ... middle of paper ... or confirms his disgust of human kind and events, which forces he to confront changes and setbacks on his way to becoming a self-made tycoon. This movie has a multitude of developmental theories, which are applicable for the problems displayed by all the main characters. This paper has illustrated how Ainsworth’s Strange Situation and Attachment Theory, Albert Bandura’s Social Learning Theory, and Urie Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory have themes are entangled throughout the movie. Even though there are an abundance of themes and theorists that would applicable, this was just a few of their perspectives. Even though there remains a multitude of approaches, which are all expectable for use, the counseling goals and interventions discussed in this paper only scratches the surface of styles and combining approaches could have better results for the clients.
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