The Theory Of Social Cognitive Theory Essay

1084 Words Oct 30th, 2015 null Page
I have often heard the phrase, “give a man a fish and he will eat for a day but teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime”. This is a prelude to reciprocal behavior in what is given, felt and or done in return as a result of something else. Everything that we do is learned. Our behavior tends to model the way we live and interact with each other. Our behavior dictates that we mimic or imitate others, seek out role models and sub-consciously reflect perceived emotions. Modeling and behaviorism outlined the general concept of how we are influenced.

“Modeling refers to behavioral, cognitive and affective changes deriving from observing the actions of others”. This brings to focus the three “Ls”, look, listen and learn. Observation serves as the basis of how well we absorb and process information. Modeling also “serves as the central concept of social cognitive theory” (Pearson, chapter 6 pg. 242), while behaviorism, “explains learning in terms of observable behavior and how it is influenced by different environmental stimuli (Pearson, chapter 6 pg. 216). There are three types of modeling that are generally used to influence behavior. These are direct modeling, symbolic modeling and synthesized modeling. In direct modeling the learner mimics or imitates the behavior of the model. This enables the learner to grasp a wider understanding and process of an activity in order to learn and reproduce the process. In symbolic modeling, learners imitate behavior and thinking…

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