Social Learning Theory
- Tonya R. HammerAffiliated withCounseling Department, School of Education, University of Houston Clear Lake Email author
Social learning theory states that norms, attitudes, expectations, and beliefs arise from an interaction with the cultural or social environment around an individual.
Albert Bandura, the leading theorist in social learning theory, proposed that people learn from their observations of individuals or models. Bandura believed that behavioral theories presuming that environment determines one’s behavior were too simplistic in nature. In response he presented the idea of reciprocal determinism, meaning the environment and one’s behavior cause each other. As the theory developed the term prosocial behavior was coined. Prosocial behavior has been defined by theorists as “helping behavior that benefits others” . The premise behind social learning theory, unlike operant or classical conditioning, is that the behavior does not have to be perfor ...
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- Social Learning Theory
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- Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development
- pp 1396-1397
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- Springer US
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- 480. Neurology, Learning and Behavior Center
- 481. Department of Psychology MS 2C6, George Mason University
- Tonya R. Hammer (1)
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- 1. Counseling Department, School of Education, University of Houston Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, TX, 77058, USA
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