Social Learning Theory

Social Learning Theory

Social Learning Theory emphasizes the importance of observing and modeling the behaviors, attitudes, and emotional reactions of others.

Learners must possess the following in order to model behavior:
Attention- learner must be ready to hear information, pay attention to model
Retention-learner can remember the behavior observed
Motor Reproduction-learner must be able to practice and then reproduce behavior
Motivation-learner needs a good reason to adopt behavior, outcomes are valued, model is similar and even admired by observer

Social learning is an effective way to promote learning and improve student behavior through the power of positive peer relationships and reinforcement.

Application of this learning theory when instructing a large group ofmillennia learners about interview preparation will help with engagement of learners and their retention of information. Good interview skills can be modeled by respected peers through mock interviews. Students can break into smaller groups to work on interviewing skills with immediate feedback provided by their peers.

The following steps are recommended for application in your work:
Model your own appropriate behavior-students learn by observation.
Present information in realistic and authentic manner.

Bring in respected peers who have successfully completed a job interview to share their stories or to demonstrate an interview.

Facilitate interviewing activities within groups providing interaction and immediate feedback.

Bobbi Murphy

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