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Early Years Education Foundations

  • Pedagogy & Theory
  • Ben Jones
  • 40 Mins
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Skill Level

Trainee / Apprentice


40 Mins


1 Files

Streaming Content

5 Videos


In this class, Ben explores the core principles of Albert Bandura's Social Learning Theory, which posits that individuals learn by observing others and imitating their behaviours. He emphasises the importance of modelling and highlights how individuals can acquire new skills and knowledge by observing others' actions and their consequences. Within this class you will deep dive into the mechanisms of observational learning, exploring factors such as attention, retention, reproduction, and motivation. You'll not only explore the theoretical aspects of social learning but also delves into its practical implications. Ben discusses how the theory can be applied to the world of early years in order to promote positive behaviours and prevent negative ones. The 'Albert Bandura: The Social Learning Theory' class offers a comprehensive and insightful exploration of the theory's key concepts and applications. Whether you are a student or qualified professional, this class is an invaluable resource for understanding how young children learn from observing others!

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Lesson Content

1. Observational Learning, Let's Start At The Beginning!


In this lesson Ben explores the basic fundamentals of Albert Bandura's idea of observational learning in order to provide you with a framework and understanding to explore the rest of this class. The basic premise of Albert Bandura's work suggests that individuals learn not only through direct experience but also through observation of others...so how does this work? And how can we use this in the world of early years?

2. The Importance of Role Modelling In The Early Years


We've all heard the terminology that children are like sponges, but have we ever considered the how and why? In this lesson you're going to explore Albert Bandura's principle concept of social modelling, and how children learn behaviours from the world around them.

3. What is Self-Efficacy in The Early Years?


Motivation is a huge factor in the work of Albert Bandura in deciding whether or not you adopt new behaviours, as well as, which behaviours appeal to you. The concept of Self-efficacy refers to an individual's belief in his or her capacity to execute behaviours and something that is prevalent when developing your understanding of self and others. Which makes this lesson on Self-efficacy a vital component of Early Years development, as young children are constantly building up a picture of their own self-worth and abilities within their social context.

4. Internal and External Behaviour Reinforcement


Within this lesson you'll explore the idea of behaviour reinforcement, and how both internal and external factors are at play when children choose to adopt either 'good' or 'bad' behaviours. Does external reinforcement really work or do we need to be focusing on internal reinforcement and emotional intelligence?

5. The Four Meditational Processes


In this lesson you'll delve into the idea of Meditational Processes, which Albert Bandura believed included four conditions that had to be meant in order for a behaviour to be adopted by an individual. Children are not just sponges but sponges with antennas (shout out to Ben Kingston-Hughes) as children decipher through the information they receive and then decide what actions, behaviours or responses they want to adopt.

Meet your teacher

As an owner of multiple settings across the United Kingdom, I truly understand the difficult challenges our industry and the people within it face on a daily basis. Which is why I'm so resolute in providing change for our industry through a platform that offers meaningful and accessible learning, to not only improve practice and children's outcomes, but also to provide the incredible people within our community with a meaningful voice to share their work and passion.

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We're not the biggest chain in the world with just under 60 members of staff, but The Early Years Network has been amazing for getting everyone engaged and excited to learn. If I had of asked our teams to go away over the weekend and do some research on a early years topic they'd have looked at me crazy, but since providing them with The Early Years Network I don't even need to ask. The majority of our team have become so engaged with their own learning and the provision our setting is providing I wish we'd have found this platform sooner!

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