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Study showed that children tended to imitate the

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study showed that children tended to imitate the behavior of adults around them, whether aggressive or nonaggressive. Specifically, they found that boys aggressive behavior (verbal and non-verbal) increased more significantly when exposed to an aggressive male model than to an aggressive female model (Hock, 2013). However, Bandura’s prediction that nonaggressive models would result in less violent behavior didn’t show clear results. In the documentary
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Written Assignment 2 Durosham Siddiqui 4 Educating Peter , Peter can be seen demonstrating this type of learning. When Peter starts the school year, he has trouble sitting quietly like the other students. However, by the end of the year Peter has learned what is appropriate by imitating the behavior of his classmates. At a moment in the middle of the school year, one of Peter’s classmates says that Peter “started reading, [...] started pasting, [...] started running and catching things in PE”, which he had not done before (Wurzburg and Goodwin, 1992). This is an example of observational learning because these behaviors were difficult for Peter, but he completes these tasks easily by the end of the year by imitating his classmates. Peter’s growth throughout the school year shows that he is showing growth in different kinds of intelligence. One type of intelligence is personal intelligence, and of this there are two categories. The first is intrapersonal intelligence, which is the ability for a person to “know [them]self”, and to understand your own emotions and the sources of your actions and capabilities (Hock, 2013 p.106). Peter shows a clear depth of intrapersonal intelligence in one touching sequence with Mrs. Stallings, during which he says “I stupid”, and is only consoled by Mrs. Stalling’s assurances that he isn’t stupid. This is definitely a clear example of Peter’s intrapersonal intelligence because it shows that he understands himself and his abilities as distinct and different from those of his classmates, that he is “aware of and understands” who he is (Hock, 2013 p. 106). Furthermore, it is clear that Peter’s time in the classroom not only helps him to develop his intrapersonal intelligence, but his interpersonal intelligence as well.
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  • Fall '08
  • Schreier
  • Psychology, Theory of multiple intelligences

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