Albert Bandura believed that direct reinforcement could not account for all types of learning. His theory added a social element, arguing that people can learn new information and behaviors by watching other people. Jonathon Bender is a rebellious, careless delinquent and Bandura’s theories can explain why his behavior is how it is. One example of Bender’s behavior was when he was in the library and the principle kept giving him Saturday schools. He kept asking if Bender was done, but Bender kept egging him on. Bandura would explain this with his theory on intrinsic reinforcement. He described this as a form of internal reward, such as pride, satisfaction, and a sense of accomplishment. Bender kept accepting the future Saturday schools as a form of self accomplishment showing how he would not give in to the principle’s authority.
Another example of Bender’s personality was when he told everyone about Christmas in the Bender household. He told them all about how he got verbally abused and burned by a cigar. Bandura would identify the modeling factor a reason why Bender freaked out at the prom queen later on in the movie. Bender’s dad can be identified as a live model, someone who demonstrates behavior, because his actions demonstrated acceptable behavior to Bender. Bender is just following in his father’s footsteps because that is the behavior he is exposed to on a regular basis.
Lastly, an example of Bender demonstrating intrinsic reinforcement was when he gave himself up in order for everyone else to get back to the library safe. This gave him the satisfaction of saving everyone else from harms way and fueled his pride and satisfaction in that he felt he did something good for others. All in all Bandura would say that Bender’s actions were a result of his dad modeling behavior and the sense of self pride and satisfaction.
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