Modeling or Learning Through Observation

“Modeling” consists of learning by observing, not simply to imitate one’s model, but to go beyond it by interpreting and using the observed behaviours in a personal way. Also called “vicarious experience,” this process is the basis of human development and behaviour, according to the psychologist Albert Bandura who brought it to light. Since the dawn of time, it has been one of the most effective means by which our most sophisticated skills and knowledge are transmitted, whether manual, behavioural, social or intellectual. Here are some keys to better understand it. In definition

Modelling implies that the observing subject grasps the implicit rules of the observed subject’s behaviour and its positive or negative consequences to produce new models of behaviour that will be similar to, but exceed them. In this sense, even creative acts involve modelling.

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