GENDER DEVELOPMENT via SLT and OPERANT CONDITIONING METHODS
1.) Social learning theory regards gender identity and role as a set of behaviours that are learned from the environment.
gender behaivours can be learnt through observation of a role model. Children observe diff behaivours of people around them some relating to gender
They pay attention to some behaivours encoding and retaining it with reheasal for complicated behaivours
At a later time they may imitate the behaivour regardless of whether it is ' gender appropriate' or not.
there are a number of processes that make it more likely that a child will reproduce the behaivour that soceit deems acceptable for their gender.
- Firstly, the child is more likely to imitate people they feel are similar to them consequently it is more likely they imitate their own gender.
- Secondly, the people around the child will respond to the behaivour it imitates either giving reinforcement or punishment. i.e. reinforced for acting in gender appropriate ways and punished or…