Prior to engaging in this discussion, read  Chapter 4: Cognition, Learning, and the Environment  in your required text, review the article  Socially Situated Cognition in Perspective  and the instructor guidance, and view the video  What Are Schemas?  (Links to an external site.)


Cognition incorporates numerous variables that may affect how we learn. For this discussion address the following:

· Explain social cognitive theory (SCT).

· Evaluate the applicability of SCT to a real-life experience.

· Hint: Is there something you know about or a behavior that you display that was learned from your social environment? Were you modeled this behavior? Did the learned knowledge or behavior have consequences that encouraged you to adopt it?

· Evaluate your example by answering the following questions:

· How does your learned knowledge or behavior potentially affect your developed schemata?

· What if you learned that this knowledge or behavior was not accurate?

· How hard would it be to adapt or accommodate?

· SCT suggests that the environment affects our knowledge or behaviors. What does reciprocal determinism suggest and why is this important?

· Share an example from your own experiences of reciprocal determinism.

Your initial post should be between 350 and 400 words. You must support your discussion by citing the required textbook. Cite all information from your sources according to APA guidelines as outlined in the  APA Citing Within Your Papers  (Links to an external site.)  resource. List each of your sources at the end of your posting according to APA Style as shown in the sample page for  APA: Formatting Your References List  (Links to an external site.)  resource.

Guided Peer Responses: Read several of your classmates’ posts and respond to at least two of your classmates, and at least one of your classmates’ responses to your initial post, by Day 7 (Monday). Each peer posting should be a minimum of 200 words. Monitor this forum throughout the week to create interactive dialogue to help develop your knowledge.

Discuss the following:

· Determine if your peers’ examples are accurate.

· Discuss how the information you have learned this week has built on the concepts from previous weeks and why this understanding helps to build your expertise.

· Share resources that you used to help you understand the content more effectively.