Lecture 12 - the final, final, final lecture

This lecture was very intimate, as there was only 5 of us in total. However, I think we still had some good insights for those that did attend. I'll try and share with you what some of these were.

I realise that there's still some confusion about Social Cognitive Learning Theory. The best way I can describe this is if you think of this as being a mixture between behaviourism but with a delayed gratification of reward which is magically internalised. So for instance, there's no inherent relatively immediate positive incentive to be a good student in accounting. Instead the pupil has to internalise the fact that if they study well in accounting, and if they pass their exams well - then they can go to university to get a degree. If they do that then they can be employed as an accountant and probably receive a good salary. If they receive a good salary they can buy nice things for themselves and their family (house, car, computer etc). That's a lot of forward planning. A 12 year old is looking at 10 years into the future. Social Cognitive Learning Theory has a better way of explaining why the 12 year old pupil can still be motivated to study hard.

One of your peers gave a great example of teaching  music with the aim of having the children eventually perform a recital to the school and parents. This is a great example of authentic learning. 

Another peer, gave an eg of watching a teacher show children how to perform various parts of a drama (social learning theory), gave them positive reinforcement if they did it right (operant conditioning). This teaching component is a good place where children's emotional intelligence could be enhanced because drama involves having to think inside the head of the character you're playing.

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