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Running head: LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT
Discussion Board Week 2: March 23rd
1. What is the key difference between Bandura’s social learning theory and behavioristic
theories? And, discuss one way the theories are similar.
Bandura’s social learning theory and behavioristic theories differ in terms of how people
behave. The main difference is that Bandura’s social learning theory states that the behavior
of an individual is based on their internal psychological processes and observable stimuli
(Weiten & Lloyd, 2006). This is where a learner plays an active role in what they will
remember and make a choice on where and when to practice their behaviors and respond to
the consequences of their actions. However, behavioristic theories explain that environmental
stimuli change the behavior of a person. In social learning, behaviors can become fixed or
internalized as explained by Bandura but in behaviorism, behaviors are subject to change in
response to new reinforcements (Weiten & Lloyd, 2006). Both theories are similar because
they deal with the social situation of an individual. They give us the knowledge to explain
how people behave differently when they interact with their environmen...
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