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Connect with Your Child Using Social Learning Theory

Social learning theory is learning through observation. It’s based on the belief that when children see positive outcomes of an action by others, they’re more likely to repeat that action into their own behaviors.

The process of social learning happens in four steps: attention, retention, reproduction, and motivation. Attention — the positive action needs to be noticeable enough for the child to concentrate on it. Retention — the observed behavior must be memorable. Reproduction — the observed behavior must be easy to replicate. Motivation — there needs to be a obvious reason for the child to replicate the behavior; the rewards must outweigh the costs.

Social Learning Theory is more natural

One of the biggest challenges of parenting is doing activities children don’t enjoy. Some parenting styles are not well suited to all children. Using social learning theory allows parents to engage kids for developmental work that naturally aligns with social behavior.

Social Learning Theory is more enjoyable

Children are more stimulated to learning if they enjoy being involved with the lesson. Social learning theory lends itself to more engaging forms of learning. The theory is based on observable scenes and rewards, it's conveyed as simulations, role-playing, and gamification.

Social Learning Theory is relevant to children

Children become disengaged when they don't see how learning a subject is relevant to their life experience. Social learning theory resolves this with observable stimulus and its processing to how children respond. While it isn’t necessarily personalized to each child, it is more relevant to how children think and what they prioritize.

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