Pioneers: Bandura and Bronfenbrenner explained

Written by: Sean MacBlain and Colette Gray
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Albert Bandura and Urie Bronfenbrenner are two celebrated and influential theorists whose ideas can help us to understand children's social learning and why some children succeed where others do not.

Key Points

  • Bandura came to believe that social factors were key to understanding learning and development in young children and, in the 1970s, developed his Social Learning theory
  • Bronfenbrenner was one of the co-founders of the Head Start programme and is perhaps best known for his Ecological Systems Model, now redefined as the Bioecological Model

Note: This article was first published in the May 2016 issue of eye

‘To begin to understand why so many children succeed while so many fail, despite years of education requires that we exercise our thinking in such a way that we do not simply rely on what we, or those around us, think might be the causes, we need to engage with the question in a critical and objective fashion’

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