Biblical Perspectives on Albert Bandura Theory of Observational Learnin

Biblical Perspectives on Albert Bandura Theory of Observational Learnin

Author by Dr. Ayodele Adeoye

Journal/Publisher: International Journal Of Philosophy And Theology

Volume/Edition: 2

Language: English

Pages: 193 - 205

Abstract

The social theories about behavioral modification, social learning, modeling, mentoring, and such like have been of great interest to both physical and social scientist over the ages. Albert Bandura built on existing theories with his groundbreaking theory of observational learning. His theory suggests the existence of four cognitive-mediational sub-processes comprising of attention, retention, motor reproduction, and the incentive-motivational reinforcement. Bandura posits that an individual can observe a model, covertly learn the new behavior, and decide whether or not to exhibit the behavior depending on the consequences associated with that behavior (Bandura, 1974). This theory needs to be further examined to elucidate its biblical perspectives. This is the focus of this paper. The Christian Scriptures suggest Bandura’s theory’s relevance in the area of children observational learning, adult observational learning, and observational learning from nature and the law.


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