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Describe the role of reinforcement in Albert Bandura's theory of observational learning. Give two examples of how this theory could be applied in child rearing. For example should parents be concerned about children's television programs?

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Bandura noted that external, environmental reinforcement was not the only factor to influence learning and behavior. He described intrinsic reinforcement as a form of internal reward, such as pride, satisfaction, and a sense of accomplishment. This emphasis on internal thoughts and cognition's helps connect learning theories to cognitive developmental theories. While many textbooks place social learning theory with behavioral ...

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Bandura's three basic observational learning models are: A live model, a verbal instructional model, and a symbolic model. His "Bobo doll" studies demonstrated how children learn and imitate behaviors.

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