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Bandura and Social Learning Theory Do as I say not as I do The quote is one of the most famous adages of all time After all mom is always right Then how is it that many professionals disagree with such a classic phrase Scientific evidence Through years of research world-renowned psychologist Albert Bandura created an entirely new field of psychology based on a fairly simple idea humans learn by observation Born on December 4 1925 in the small town of Mundare in northern Alberta Canada Bandura was educated in a small elementary school and high school in one with minimal resources yet a remarkable success rate He received his bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia in 1949 He went on to the University of Iowa where he received his PhD in 1952 It was there that he came under the influence of the behaviorist tradition and learning theory While at Iowa he met Virginia Varns an instructor in the nursing school They married and later had two daughters After graduating he took a postdoctoral position at the Wichita Guidance Center in Wichita Kansas In 1953 he started teaching at Stanford University By 1973 Bandura was president of the American Psychological Association and received the APAs Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions in 1980 This is a great honor of course but his greatest contribution to society is the Social Learning Theory but he has recently renamed it Social Cognitive Theory on which he also published a book in 1941 entitled Social Learning Theory These books and articles are the most relevant psychological research in determining aggression and deviance Isom 1998 He began to look at personality as an interaction among three things the environment behavior and the persons psychological processes Of the hundreds of studies Bandura was responsible for one group stands out above the others -- the bobo doll studies Boeree 1998 He made of film of one of his
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