Reflection

Social Learning is described as the construction of those behavior patterns which society expects through observing others behaviors and the consequences to those behaviors.

When you design instruction you need to provide a social environment where learners can interact with others and observe their behavior and its consequences so that the learners can construct their own ideas about which behavioral patters are socially acceptable. Some tools and strategies that could be helpful in this kind of environment are the use of modeling (live, symbolic, or instruction), use of direct and indirect reinforcement, promoting self awareness, self reinforcement, self regulation and goal setting, and allowing learners to abstract their own meaning from activities.

We have used and observed Social Learning Theory through class activities, readings, and lectures and with the learning situation we have put this theory into practice. Social Learning Theory uses elements of both Cognitivism and Behaviorism to explain the roles of behavior, environment and internal process involved with learning.

I think of the 3 learning theories we have studied, I identify most with Social Learning Theory, because I am a parent and firmly believe that you lead by example. I have enjoying studying the different types of learning, because I believe it will help me in the future when developing methods of instruction. The interesting part of this class for me is seeing how my ideas of learning and instruction have evolved throughout the course.