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Social Cognitive Theory vs. Behaviorism EDUC 501 Abstract This paper will attempt to draft differences between social cognitive theory and behaviorism. I will summarize each theory in the opening section of this paper, and then offer a final conclusion that will offer my personal opinion. I must admit by saying I wasn't aware of the various learning models are theories associated with learning or human development. I found the readings at some points confusing, fascinating and thought provoking. The fundamental challenge in this assignment, I believe, was to determine the difference or differences between the social cognitive theory and the theory of behaviorism. In order for any difference to be determined, one must first present the current theories. The social cognitive theory, according to my readings, is an extension of behaviorism. ...read more.


Although they have similarities I have interpreted on major difference that I will discuss in the conclusion this paper. However, let us examine the fundamental concept of the behavior theory. Behavior theory centers upon the idea that behaviors can be observed and measured. Now, after reading this statement, I was immediately surprised to read further about the connection of behaviorism to Pavlov's experiments and what connection it had to behaviorism. I remembered learning this theory when I was in middle school and learned of it all throughout my college learning experiences. The experiment involved a dog, food and a bell. The scientist Pavlov used the bell to stimulate the dog's need to feed. When the bell was rung the dog would begin salivate and desire food. ...read more.


I was often granted the honor of meeting some pretty amazing survivors. Some of the children I met were on parole and some were not. However, they all shared one common factor, the environment in which they grew up. The environment at times was dangerous, hostile, and violent and most often times hopeless. Some of the children went off to college, a few back to jail and a few remained in their communities to never do a thing with their life. A behaviorist approach would explain something about these children's future, but not all. Some, despite their environment beat the odds. A social cognitive theory would explain a small portion, as some were brilliant, yet had no desire to change their lives. I am certain there is more to learn and I am eager to learn more so that I may begin to answer some questions that this assignment invoked. ...read more.

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