The Learning Theory And Theories Of Criminology

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Theories of Criminology: The Learning Theory Learning is a lifelong process, you always learn something new every day. The theory I agree the most with is the Learning Theory because of this. I believe that this theory is very helpful with crime and investigation because it explains people’s behavior and why they react a certain way in different situations than how others do. There are three basic principles of the learning theory; behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism. Each person has their own unique view of knowledge processing. Out of the three basic principles the first one is behaviorism. Learning is defined by behaviorism as it can influence an individual’s mind that can cause permanent change. It is learning that takes place by accident or not on purpose in individuals. With this theory, learning takes place when a stimulus in an environment is presented and the individual reacts to the stimulus in some kind of response. If there are consequences that support the particular behavior they can be fixed to have a certain type of behavior. The next principle is cognitivism which is based on one owns mind. Humans mentally process received information rather than immediately making a …show more content…
It teaches how to see things in other people’s perspective and discover how people learn from others and how they are easily influenced by the people they look up to. According to the learning theory, people get involved in crime because of their relationship with others who engage in crime. They essentially have criminal models that they associate with. As a consequence, these individuals come to see crime as something that is desirable, or at least justifiable in certain situations. Learning criminal or deviant behavior is the same as learning to engage in conforming behavior; it is done through association with or exposure to

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