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Cognitive Social Learning Theory

Language Development

Cognitive Social Learning Theory

  • Represents the view that children learn by observing others in their environment and imitating there activities. Therefore, children observe other humans using language and this promotes them to use it. For example: If two little boys are in a sand box playing with toy trucks and one is making motor noises the other little boy may hear these sounds and repeat them, therefore associating the motor noise with the sound of a truck, because the other little boy did it. 

  • This theory is related to the nurture debate of language development, due to the fact that there is not a innate genetic trait which explains children imitating each other or adults in their environment to produce truck nosies. It is an ability which is learned through observation and experience.