FocusLearning prompted by mass media
- Knowledge is … scope of possible actions and interpretations
- Knowing … the range of one’s behaviors and thoughts
- Learner is … an observer
- Learning as … changing behaviors, extracting information, changing thinking
- Teaching as … modeling
SynopsisSocial Cognitive Theory is an extension of Social Learning Theory, which asserts that learning can be rooted in observations of others’ behaviors and the consequences of those behaviors (i.e., not solely based on direct experience). Social Cognitive Theory adds that one’s way of thinking (cognition) can be affected by models/behaviors encountered through symbolic communication and mass media. Relevant subdiscourses include:
- Reciprocal Determinism (Albert Bandura, 1980s) – the principle that there is a reciprocal, co-determining relationship one’s thoughts and actions and one’s context
CommentarySee of Social Learning Theory.
Authors and/or Prominent InfluencesAlbert Bandura
Status as a Theory of LearningSee of Social Learning Theory.
Status as a Theory of TeachingSee of Social Learning Theory.
Status as a Scientific TheorySee of Social Learning Theory.
- Reciprocal Determinism
Please cite this article as:
Davis, B., & Francis, K. (2021). “Social Cognitive Theory” in Discourses on Learning in Education. https://learningdiscourses.com.
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