Social Learning Theory

  • Created by: Max A.
  • Created on: 14-09-21 14:19

Observational learning

Learning through watching other people.


Is the act of copying an observed behaviour. If a parent frequently reads books, the child may model this behaviour by picking up books, opening them and turning pages.

Observational learning can take place without modelling; we don't copy everything we see, but we still learn it. It involves four steps:

  • Attention: paying attention to the person being observed.
  • Memory: being able to remember what we have seen until it is needed.
  • Reproduction: being able to act out what we see - this is modelling.
  • Motivation: the incentive to copy what has been seen.

Role models

The person we


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