Implications Of Albert Bandura's Theory Of Learning And Development

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The most influential theory of learning and advancement is probably the social learning theory recommended by Albert Bandura. This theory includes the self-efficacy theory, defined as how influences in lives are often viewed by many as their abilities to produce selected standards of performance. A person’s emotions, motivation, thinking and behaviour are controlled by self-efficacy beliefs. There are four main mechanisms including cognitive, emotion, motivation and person level are being produced in this theory. Self-efficacy theory then leads to the triadic reciprocal determinism (Bandura, 1994). It operates in a way that three factors influence each other which are: behaviour, personal factors including thoughts, feelings, opinions and others, and the environment (Bandura, 1989) where these three elements are interrelated. Human’s behaviour and thoughts would be influenced by the environment and vice versa (Cherry, 2015). For example, on the first day of school, a child who is shy (personal factors) would quietly (behavioural) sneak in a classroom filled with noisy students (environment) without anyone noticing. It is explained by Bandura (1977) that individuals act according…show more content…
It explains that new knowledge and behaviours can be learned by watching others’ action. There is a vast range of behaviours that can be described through observational learning (Cherry, 2015). He was specifically curious in the ways that others are being affected by the behaviour, thoughts, and learning of the people surrounding. Bandura’s early work focused on learning through the observation of others (Foster, 2006). Bandura believes that humans are like computers’ central processing unit having the ability to process information, at the same time knowing the relationship between their behaviour and its consequences. Observational learning takes place only when human cognitive processes were at work (McLeod,
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