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The Father of Social Learning Theory
An examination of the contribution of Albert Bandura's social learning theory to social work.
# 128532 | 1,136 words | 5 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Jul 26, 2010 in Psychology (Behaviorism) , Sociology (Social Work)

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This paper discusses how Albert Bandura's social learning theory represents one of the most important additions to the social sciences and an understanding of human behavior. Built on the foundation of early behaviorists, Bandura's theory discards the one size fits all attitude to human motivation that characterized its early roots. The paper discusses Bandura's theories and the importance of them to modern social sciences. It supports the thesis that social learning theory is important in the field of social work today and the concept that a social worker must keep the tenets of social learning theory at the forefront of client interactions in order to be effective.

Key Tenets of Social Learning Theory
Albert Bandura, A Biography
Social Learning and Social Work

From the Paper:

"Social learning theory stemmed from the works of early behaviorists such as Pavlov, Watson, and Skinner ("Social Learning Theory", 2008). Albert Bandura based his work on theories by Julian Rotter, which took into account the cognitive factors of human learning. These factors included the expectations that a person would have about an outcome and the importance that they placed on these outcomes ("Social Learning Theory", 2008). Bandura expanded on these theories to include the reciprocal nature of our thoughts and actions on the environment, and on the environment on our thoughts and actions ("Social Learning Theory", 2008). This serves as the basic tenet of Bandura's Social Learning Theory. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Akers, R. & Jensen, G. (Forthcoming). Social Learning Theory and Crime: A Progress Report. Advances in Criminological Theory. To be published in Volume 15.
  • Boeree, G. (2006). Albert Bandura. Personality Theories. Retrieved November 11, 2008 from .
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  • Shephard, L. (2000). The Role of Assessment in a Learning Culture. Educational Researcher. 29 (7):4-14.
  • "Social learning theory". Encyclopedia of Psychology. . 05 Nov. 2008.

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