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Albert bandura 1925

  • Bandura has been responsible for groundbreaking contributions to many fields of psychology

  • Influential in the transition between behaviorism and cognitive psychology

  • Bandura is the fourth most-frequently cited psychologist of all time

  • Especially famous for his SCT


  • The lacks of behaviorism

  • Congitive development is neccessary

  • Beside the environment, personal factors are also important

Social cognitive theory
Social Cognitive Theory:

  • Explains how people acquire and maintain certain behavioral patterns, while also providing the basis for intervention strategies.

  • Human behavior is explained in terms of a triadic, dynamic, and reciprocal model in which behavior, personal factors, and environmental influences all interact. An individual’s behavior is uniquely determined by these interactions.

Importance of human agency
Importance of Human Agency

  • A key mechanism through which the individual contributes to this triad is personal agency

  • Key to human agency is the person’s belief in their personal efficacy

  • Unless people believe they can produce desired results to their actions they have little incentive to act or to persevere in the face of difficulty

Personal factors influencing behavior include having the capability to
Personal Factors Influencing Behavior Include Having the Capability to:

  • Symbolize behavior

  • Anticipate the outcomes of a behavior

  • Learn by observing others

  • Have confidence in performing a behavior (including overcoming any barriers to performing the behavior)

  • Self-determine or self-regulate behavior

  • Reflect and analyze experience

Major constructs in sct and implications for intervention
Major Constructs in SCT and Implications for Intervention: Capability to:

  • Environment: Factors physically external to the person; Provides opportunities and social support

Situation Capability to:

  • Perception of the environment; Correct misperceptions and promote healthful forms

Behavioral capability
Behavioral capability Capability to:

  • Knowledge and skill to perform a given behavior; Promote mastery learning through skills training

Expectations Capability to:

  • Anticipatory outcomes of a behavior; Model positive outcomes of healthful behavior

Expectancies Capability to:

  • The values that the person places on a given outcome, incentives; Present outcomes of change that have functional meaning

Self control
Self-control Capability to:

  • Personal regulation of goal-directed behavior or performance; Provide opportunities for self-monitoring, goal setting, problem solving, and self-reward

Social cognitive theory1
Social Cognitive Theory: Capability to:

  • Reciprocal Determinism

  • Environments and Situation

  • Observational Learning

  • Behavioral Capability

  • Reinforcement

  • Outcome Expectations

  • Outcome Expectancies

  • Self-Efficacy

  • Self-Control of Performance

  • Management of Emotional Arousal

Major constructs and implications
Major Constructs and Implications Capability to:

  • Observational learning: Behavioral acquisition that occurs by watching the actions and outcomes of others’ behavior; Include credible role models of the targeted behavior

Reinforcements Capability to:

  • Responses to a person’s behavior that increase or decrease the likelihood of reoccurrence; Promote self-initiated rewards and incentives

Self efficacy
Self-efficacy Capability to:

  • The person’s confidence in performing a particular behavior; Approach behavioral change in small steps to ensure success

Emotional coping responses
Emotional coping responses Capability to:

  • Strategies or tactics that are used by a person to deal with emotional stimuli; Provide training in problem solving and stress management

Reciprocal determinism
Reciprocal determinism Capability to:

  • The dynamic interaction of the person, the behavior, and the environment in which the behavior is performed; Consider multiple avenues to behavioral change, including environmental, skill,and personal change

Social cognitive theory reciprocal determinism
Social Cognitive Theory: Reciprocal Determinism Capability to:

  • This is a broad assumption that acknowledges behavior is dynamic and is a consequence of the continuous interaction between the person, past events and the current environment

  • This is not empirically tested and provides a nice out!

Social cognitive theory environments and situation
Social Cognitive Theory: Environments and Situation Capability to:

  • The environment is composed of the social environment

    • Family, friends, peers at work or in the classroom

  • And the physical environment

  • Situation refers to the person’s perception of the environment

  • Does this imply that changing the environment changes situations

Social cognitive theory observational learning
Social Cognitive Theory: Observational Learning Capability to:

  • Observational leaning occurs when a person watches other people’s behaviors and the reinforcements associated with those behaviors

  • What examples of worksite behaviors are learned in this way?

Social cognitive theory behavioral capability
Social Cognitive Theory: Behavioral Capability Capability to:

  • If a person is to perform a behavior he or she must know what the behavior is (knowledge of the behavior) and have the skills to perform it.

  • Can a person develop a behavioral capability through observational learning?

Social cognitive theory reinforcement
Social Cognitive Theory: Reinforcement Capability to:

  • Reinforcements are applied to reward positive behaviors and sanction negative behaviors

  • Direct reinforcement

  • Vicarious reinforcement

  • Self reinforcement

  • Give some examples of reinforcement from your work

Social cognitive theory outcome expectations
Social Cognitive Theory: Outcome Expectations Capability to:

  • A person learns that certain outcomes occur in a given situation and expects them to occur when that situation presents itself again ad the person performs similarly.

  • Expectations guide behavior

  • Expectations learned in 4 ways

    • Performance attainment

    • Vicarious experience

    • Hearing from others or social persuasion

    • Physiological arousal

Social cognitive theory outcome expectancies
Social Cognitive Theory: Outcome Expectancies Capability to:

  • Expectancies are the values a person places on a particular outcome

  • Hedonic principle – OTBE – a person will choose to maximize a positive outcome over a negative outcome

  • Key in intervention for motivating adoption of new behaviors

    • Physical activity

    • Smoking

Social cognitive theory self efficacy
Social Cognitive Theory: Self-Efficacy Capability to:

  • The most important pre-requisite for behavior change

  • The confidence a person feels about performing a particular activity

  • How important do you think self-efficacy is and why?

Social cognitive theory self control of performance
Social Cognitive Theory: Self-Control of Performance Capability to:

  • The key is the ability of the individual to engage in behavior to achieve a goal.

Social cognitive theory management of emotional arousal
Social Cognitive Theory: Management of Emotional Arousal Capability to:

  • Excessive emotional arousal inhibits learning

Applying in language learning theories
Applying in Language Learning Theories Capability to:

  • All in all Students best learn

  • } when they observe and interact with the environment that has an important effect on their learning.

  • }when they cooperate with the others around them.

Cooperative language learning
Cooperative Language Learning Capability to:

  • Therefore; cooperative language learning is best for this theory with the help of ZPD. Why?