Based on Social Learning Theory I need some suggestions to discuss the methods used by scholars and researchers to validate and test the theory. Illustrate these methods by describing empirical studies that highlight these methods.
Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, you are asking for help in putting together ideas in theory testing. Remember that social learning theory is a 'social' world theory which means that validation involves abstract thinking as well as observable theory testing in social applications (so that you can actually 'see' elements of the theory in the real world). Now, How should you do it? The trick is to apply current utilized methods in theory validation used across the sciences. For me personally, I use the application of theories in validated research so that the research themselves provide the 'validation' about the theory's applicability. I suggest therefore using this outline:
1. About SLT - 100 words
2. Theory validation methods - 100 words
3. Examples of studies that validate these theories - 400 words
4. Argue empirical validation of #3 - 200 words
This outline should give you around 800 words which should cover what you need. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. All the best with your studies.
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Social Learning Theory Validation
Social learning theory (SLT) is a theory utilized to explain knowledge and skills acquisition as well as meaning making. How do we learn, how do and how can we know? These are just among the many questions SLT attempts to contend with when it comes to cognition and mental development. The theory was proposed by Albert Bandura and McLeod (2011) acknowledges that Bandura drew from previous related learning theories - that of conditional learning by BF Skinner and models of social learning by Julian Rotter. McLeod (2011) explains, "Bandura believes that humans are active information processors and think about the relationship between their behavior and its consequences. Observational learning could not occur unless cognitive processes were at work. Children observe the people around... Individuals that are observed are called models. In society children are surrounded by many influential models, such as parents within the family, ...
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