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Social Learning Theory

Developed by Bandura, Social learning theory states that our behaviours are learnt through the observation of role models. It supports the nurture approach in that the behaviours to be imitated will be observed from the individuals current environment. It is similar to traditional learning theory in that reinforcement of behaviours is important for the learning of behaviour. But, Social Learning Theory also emphasises the role of cognition, in that the individuals internal thoughts also play a large part in the learning of behaviours, for instance the 4 steps of the Modelling Process.

 In step one, Attention there is nothing more than the individual paying attention to the model and their behaviours. Step two, retention is important because

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