Essay about The Theory Of Social Learning Theory

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Introduction

Theoretical explanations of crime are imperative in examining the justification to why individuals commit offences and aid in the handling and the prevention of criminal acts (1). The Social Learning Theory, composed by Albert Bandura in 1997, proposes that learning is a cognitive process that occurs in a social forum and can take place through observations and direct instruction, regardless if there is a direct reinforcement present. Additionally, the theory suggests that learning also occurs through a process know as vicarious reinforcement, connoting that through the observation of rewards and punishments panicle learning takes place (). The following report will reflect on the criminology theory of social learning and provide an analysis of its strengths and weaknesses, through the presentation of competing academic critiques. Subsequently, the development and explanation of the Social Learning Theory will be comprehensively explored and as will its practical application to current policies and legislation. Finally, a personal reflection, regarding this topic, will be provided and connections will be drawn between this personal understanding of the Social Learning Theory and my future practise within the criminal justice field.

Development/Explanation of Theory

The social cognitive psychologist and professor of social science at the university of Stanford, Albert Bandura, developed The Social Learning Theory in 1977 as an explanation of behaviour due…

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