Keep it Social: Using Social Learning Theory to Improve Instructional Strategies

I’m going to come right out and say it: learning is social.

All learning occurs in a social context. Whether it is the social pressures/motivators for pursuing an education, the interactions between students and teachers, the interactions between students and peers, even the interaction between students and the class content (books, movies, pictures, handouts, materials, etc. are all created or organized by people for the social purpose of transmitting information from one person to another), our learning is wrapped in a social context. And, it is not just the nature of the material that makes learning social, it is the fact that learning as a cognitive process takes place in a social context (Bandura, 1963).

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