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PSYCH305: The Psychology of Learning and Behavior

Unit 11: Social Learning Theory and Applications   Social learning theory has an emphasis on the contexts of development.  Contexts refer to the direct and indirect systems which affect human individual development.  These are such direct influences as family and peers, or other groups we are members.  However, it also looks at more indirect systems such as communities and culture to understand how we learn from our social environment, both directly and indirectly.  This unit will explore how those contexts of development affect learning.

Unit 11 Time Advisory
This unit will take approximately 4.0 hours to complete.

☐    Subunit 11.1: 2.0 hours

☐    Subunit 11.2: 2.0 hours

Unit11 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

  • Distinguish between the various social systems, from microsystems to macrosystems
  • Discuss how various social contexts influence learning
  • Define and exemplify systemic influences on individual functioning

11.1 Social Contexts and Individual Success   - Web Media: Youtube: Carnegie Mellon University’s “Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” Link: Youtube: Carnegie Mellon University’ “Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” (YouTube)
 
Instructions: Dr. Pausch’s contribution to Carnegie Mellon’s Last Lecture series captivated American’s prior to his untimely death.  His lively discussion reviews many aspects of social learning including the influence of parents and peers on individual development and success.
 
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11.2 Social Contexts and Families   - Reading: National Institute of Health’s “The Role of the Family Context in the Development of Emotion Regulation” Reading: National Institute of Health’s “The Role of the Family Context in the Development of Emotion Regulation”
 
Link: National Institute of Health’s "The Role of the Family Context in Development of Emotion Regulation" (PDF)
 
Instructions: Please read the entire article. This article examines the associations between familial interactions and the development of children, particularly emotional regulation.  It emphasizes the role of observational learning, modeling and social referencing within the family network.  We can see clearly from the article the influential nature of parental actions and reactions.  This is a journal article that includes statistical references and technical terms, but these terms should be familiar at this point in the course.  However, it may take a few readings to truly understand the all the concepts and related statistical inferences.
 
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