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(Ormrod, 2003).

According to the research of Bandura, it was his discovery that teachers play a significant role in a child's learning acquisition as teachers are the main source of modeling for both material objectives and the secondary, or underlying, curriculum of instilling proper virtues. With this understanding, it is important that teachers focus on building high self-efficacy levels in students by awarding student accomplishments.

Central to this theory are the concepts of categorization and association. Categorization is the natural act of humans to attempt to group people and things on the basis of easily identifiable characteristics like gender, age and race. This is the basis to stereotyping and often happens subconsciously. Association is the secondary act to categorization, or those particular traits that humans naturally place together and thus associate with a particular group. These two concepts influence how humans view a model. Since humans learn primarily from watching others, how that model is perceived effects the influence and overall role the model will play.

Another important concept central to Bandura's social learning theory is the role of self-efficacy.
Self-efficacy is an impression that one is capable of performing in a certain way or of obtaining a specific goal. Essentially it is a belief in oneself, or one's capabilities and skills needed to successfully execute the required actions needed to manage a specific situation. By definition, self-efficacy is the belief, regardless of actual ability, that one has the ability to produce a desired effect.

According to Bandura's social cognitive theory, self-efficacy is the most important arbiter of activity and is constructed on four sources: enactive attainment, vicarious experience, verbal persuasion, and physiological/emotional factors. Together, these form one's view of one's own ability and thus one's view of model actions.

Works Cited

Ormrod, Jeanne Ellis. (2003): Educational Psychology: Developing Learners.….....

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