Theories & Approaches
How Social Learning Theory was Developed
Social Learning Theory (SLT) was originally introduced in the 1940s to explain the phenomenon of animals and humans imitating behavior. In the early 1960s, Albert Bandura began contributing to the development of theory by showing that children naturally imitate the behavior of other children — without needing or receiving a direct reward for the new behavior.
Bandura continued to study human behavior and make major contributions to the development of SLT. Over the decades many researchers made important contributions to the development of theory, but Albert Bandura is considered to be the chief architect of SLT.