Learning Theory and Trait Theory

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Learning Theory and Trait Theory. There are two different types of learning theories. These two types are behaviorism and social-cognitive theory. Behaviorism is a traditional learning theory, and social-cognitive theory is a contemporary learning theory model. Behaviorism suggests that one will learn from observation. By observing the people around the person, one may become a thief or a lawyer. With the social-cognitive theory, one’s behavior is believed to occur as a result of one’s values, and the expectations of other people. The trait theory suggests that heredity plays a large role in developing personality traits. “For example, an imaginative, intelligent, and talented individual may fare better as a creative artist than as an accountant.” (Chapter 2 / Evaluation of Trait Theories, p.64) The main difference between the two theories is obvious, behaviorism is learned through
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Unformatted text preview: observation, and trait theory is natural. With behaviorism, a good example would be someone who grew up in a home with an alcoholic. There is a great chance that the child will drink or experiment with alcohol before the age of 21. The child observed the parents, siblings, or guardian’s alcoholic behavior and followed in the footsteps. Trait theory comes naturally; one will follow the natural instincts and traits of the heritage of which he or she is from. With the trait theory, one will not go in a direction of which one is not familiar with. Therefore, if one has special talents, there is a great chance that the person will use these talents in a useful way, as opposed to something that is not interesting to the person...
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2011 for the course PSY 210 taught by Professor Williams during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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