Social Learning and Constructivist Theory
The Social Learning Theory by Albert Bandura says that we learn from the people around us and our social interaction with them. On the other hand, Constructivism Theory states that people learn due to their own experiences, based on their ability to comprehend different situations and circumstances that they encounter.
It’s been an ongoing debate since the very start of the introduction of both theories. Many people have done an in-depth analysis of both the theory is to conclude which theory is better obviously no one has ever come to a hard and fast conclusion till now. You cannot say that either of them is completely wrong or completely right. We can just say that one is better than the other on the basis of logical reasoning.
I support social learning theory because according to my experience people learn a lot from their family and friends. We all have a personal opinion and I am sure that some of you may even take the side of constructivism. Of course, there is no harm in providing logical grounds for whatever you feel is right.
The following arguments help us support Social Learning Theory:
1. We can easily infer that we are very much similar to our families especially in the terms of language and accent that we have readily learned through listening to our family members.
2. When it comes to our peers it has been proved through a lot of psychological research that our peer relations influence our personality and our behavior to a large extent.
3. Many learning institutions, businesses, and other organizations have benefited from the social learning theory by incorporating it into their training curriculum.
4. We learn a lot by watching TV, through it we are indirectly observing people and paying attention to their behavior and personality.
All the above-mentioned arguments provide logical grounds for anyone to understand that social learning theory is very much efficient in explaining the way we learn. We don’t even need experiments to prove that because real-life examples are all around us. Most of the wise people say that you are defined by the company you stay in. That is because even if we want or even if we don’t want we learn and get influenced by the people around us. There is no doubt that we all have some parts of the personality that are self-generated, yet still, the ones we learn from society are dominant.
Social learning is a very automatic process and we learn whatever we pay attention to. That is exactly why our parents and our teachers recommend us to be friends and spend time with people of positive influence. A positive social environment is constructive for positive personality development.