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Albert Bandura

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Albert Bandura

Social Learning Theory and Self Efficacy

Presented by Naomi Hill


Historical Context of Work

Born, 1925

Education and Influences


Elementary and High School years spent in the one and only school in town


Graduated from the University of Colombia in three years with a B.A. in Psychology


Bandura  received his M.A. degree in 1951 and his doctorate  degree in clinical psychology from the University of Iowa in 1952.


Bandura was influenced by his parents who when seeing him come close to falling down a wayward path encouraged him to expand his educational experiences by attending college.  


The work Bandura performed in the Northern Tundra sparked his interest in psychotherapy.


People that influenced Albert Bandura include


 1. Arthur Benton ( a direct academic descendant of William James) was Bandura’s academic advisor at Iowa and influenced Bandura in several ways.


2. Kenneth Spence who presided over the psychology department at Iowa.


Work Life

Albert Bandura became a professor at Stanford University in 1953, and remains this position today. Bandura also was elected as the president of the American Psychological Association in 1974. 

Impact on Best Practices


Albert Bandura’s work has had a significant impact on teaching through modeling. Bandura and Watson found evidence of the key roles of modeling influences in advantaged families, which they reported in their book, Adolescent Aggression (Bandura &Walters, 1959).

Bandura and his colleagues also demonstrated that children could learn new patterns of behavior vicariously without actually performing them or receiving rewards.

Problems or Failures

Many critics believe that Bandura’s Social learning theory ignores the biological state of individuals. Critics also argue that the theory ignores individual aspects of people due to genetic, brain, and learning differences.

Many critics also believe that the BoBo doll experiment was unethical and morally wrong believing that the children were trained to become aggressive.


Impact on Others


Albert Bandura’s work on self efficacy and the social learning theory has impacted teaching and learning  in schools all over the United States. The application of social learning theory has been used in intervention programs such as Head Start.

Also, Bandura’s work has had a significant impact on the television and movies rating system in the United States.



Bandura, A. (2006). Autobiography. M. G. Lindzey & W. M. Runyan (Eds.) A history of psychology in autobiography (Vol. IX). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.


Bandura, A., & Walters, R.H. (1959). Adolescent Aggression. Ronald Press: New York.


Pajares, F. (2004). Albert Bandura: Biographical sketch. Retrieved month day, year, from http://des.emory.edu/mfp/bandurabio.html



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