Social Learning Theory (Albert Bandura)
Definition: Social learning theory focuses on the learning that occurs within a social context. It considers that people learn from one another, including such concepts as observational learning, imitation, and modeling. Apply: When working within communities the organizers can learn how to work with community members by viewing how they interact together. Watching how the community members interact with each other can be a good educational tool for organizers. You can learn how the different citizens act and feel about a certain aspect or the community on a whole by observing their actions. Community organizers will then be able to develop concepts and methods to effectively work with everyone involved as a result of observing the people they will work with. Adapt: This theory can be used when working with youth. Children in school develop their thoughts and ideas from observing other students. Most students will act or dress a certain way when they see other students acting or dressing that certain way. Teachers should work with students to teach them to think on their own and encourage independent thinking. The teachers should also present positive role models for the students to take after since they develop their thoughts from observing the actions of others.