Albert Bandura was born on December 4, 1925, in the small town of Mundare in northern Alberta, Canada. Alberta Bandura was the youngest child, and only son, in his family. He was educated in a small elementary school and high school in one, with a limited resource, yet a remarkable success rate. Bandura soon become fascinated by psychology after enrolling at the University of British Columbia. He had started out as biological sciences major, his interest in psychology formed quite by accident. While working night and commuting to school with a group of students, he found himself arriving at school much earlier than his courses started. To pass the time he began taking “filter classes” during this early morning hours, which led him eventually stumbling upon psychology. He received his bachelor degree in psychology from the University of British Columbia in 1949. After graduating in just three years, he went on to graduate school at the University of Iowa. Bandura earned his master degree in 1951 and his Ph.D. in 1952. Dr. Bandura and his wife Virginia have been married since 1952 and have two daughters.
After earning his Ph.D., He was offered a position at Stanford University. Bandura accepted the offer and has continued to work at Stanford to these days. Dr. Bandura is most famous for his Bobo doll experiment in the 1950’s. In the 1950’s there was a popular belief that learning was a result of reinforcement. In the Bobo doll experiment, Dr. Bandura presented children with social models of (new) violent behavior or non-violent behaviours towards the inflatable redounding Bobo doll. The children’s who viewed the violent behaviour were in turn violent towards the doll; the control group was rarely violent towards the doll. Dr. Bandura and his colleagues Dorrie and Sheila Ross showed that social modeling is a very effective way of learning,
During the 1980s, Bandura increasing turned his attention to studying the impact of self...
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