ECS 200

Chapter 11. Social Cognitive Views of Learning and Motivation

3 Things I learned:

  1. The social cognitive theory describes a system called triarchic reciprocal causality. This theory believes that personal factors, physical and social environment, and behaviour are all influential of one another. You must put all three factors into consideration when deciphering a students’ onset behaviour.
  2. Elements of observational learning suggests that if you expect a student to work on their attention, retention, production and motivation skills you must lead by an example. It is not enough to tell a student how to accomplish something. Students need an adult figure to demonstrate the skills in the same fashion that they will be applying it in.
  3. One of the main goals for a teacher is to help students become self-regulated. The younger a student is able to accumulate self-regulating the skills the higher the chances the child will be successful later on in life. Scaffolding will help students learn independently, motivate them to learn and discover coping mechanisms that will contribute to their self-regulating skills.

2 Connections:

  1. Many students have difficulties self-regulating their organizational skills in schools. This is most evident in elementary classrooms that have individual desks. The majority of students in my elementary classroom (me included) had an abundance of loose papers, pens, random objects that engulf our free space. I believe that many students do not acquire self-regulating skills on their own; I think it is something that must be taught. Therefore, I believe that a students’ desk is partially reflective of a teachers habits. Students need the direction of a teacher to discover the importance of being organized.
  2. “Children are more likely to imitate the actions of others who seem competent, powerful, prestigious…” (Woolfolk, et.all., 2011, p. 371)
    This quote made me consider the impact social media has on young students today. Many students will fantasize and become obsessed with the vision they see portrayed on another individual’s social media page, which can lead down a dangerous road. In today’s society teachers need to make students aware of the differences between real life and the ones they see on social media. The real world is not advertised on social media and it is detrimental for the health of many students to become fully aware of this.

1 Question

  1. Is it possible to apply constructivist ways of teaching in all curriculum based subjects?

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