Social Cognitive Theory aka Social Learning
Albert Bandura 1925 Focused on motivational facts and selfregulatory mechanisms, contributing to
person’s behavior, not environmental
Believed people acquire behavior
through observation of others. After
observing they imitate what they have
Proved his Social Cognitive Theory by
studies including television commercials
and videos with violent scenes.
Social Cognitive Theory Steps
Attention: Student must be paying
attention to the modeled behavior.
Retention: Student needs to remember
the activities that were modeled.
Reproduction: Students response shows
symbols of the modeled behavior with
Motivation: reinforces are used to make
children more likely to imitate behaviors.
Imagery: an individuals ability to
retain information through images
in the mind.
Self-Efficacy: an individuals
personal observation about one’s
perceived ability to think, motivate
to learn and feel
Behavior Process: Self Regulation
Self observation: an individual
keeps track of their own actions.
Judgment: compare what an
individual observers with
standards that are set by society.
Self response: depending on a
persons standards set for
themselves, they will give
themselves an award.
teachers will have to
find other ways to
be able to show a
behavior and see if
a student would
teachers can show
and observe their
mimic or not
easily see a
In my classroom, I believe technology will not be used with this theory. Since I
am going into special education I believe the students will learn through the
actions of themselves and fellow classmates,. Whether or not they get a
positive or negative reaction.