Gender dev Learning approach

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  • Created on: 25-01-15 16:04

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.

HOWEVER -

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

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