Sociobiology, Social Learning Theory

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Compare and contrast Sociobiology, Social Learning Theory, Cognitive Development theory, and Symbolic Interaction theories, and feminist approaches to gender-role learning. (MCCCD Competency – 14)

What does Sociobiology, Social Learning, Cognitive Development, and Symbolic Interaction theories have in common; and how do they differ from one another in terms of gender roles? While all of these theories have similarities, they are different in many ways in reference to ones attitudes, beliefs, learning, and social interactions; as well as to the way we apply them in the roles to which we associate with (the gender role). Although, each of these theories represent the same concept were one’s behavior comes into play, each of them require
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Just like in the Social Leaning Theory where each gender is praised, or downgraded for their responses to how they represent themselves in their particular roles. For instance, when a little girl is paying mommy with her favorite dolls everyone thinks it’s adorable; but if a little boy was to play with dolls it was unusual and inappropriate behavior. The comparison between the two ( Sociobiology and Social Learning) is how we look beyond that looking glass by watching others, as well as how we apply what we’ve learned by examination; and travesty. Though, parents do play a significant role in to which we grow and to the influencing of what gender roles we’ll take on; others in our lives will contribute to which roles we continue to undertake as we continue to grow. “The researchers concluded that role model selection can have a positive or negative outcome on a teenager’s psychosocial development (Yancey et al., 2002 as cited in…show more content…
Another words, just like when you’re a young child, mommy goes in for a haircut, and her young daughter what’s to receive the same treatment while getting her hair done too. Boys are no different either, for they want the same experience and values as their brothers, fathers; and grandfathers such as following in their footsteps while becoming just like them. “According to cognitive development theory, children use cues to evaluate the behavior of others as either gender appropriate( “good”) or gender inappropriate (“bad”) (Jones, ASID, IIDA, IDEC and Phyllis Sloan Allen, 2009, pg. 114). Meaning children adapt to the changes to which they go though (adolescence), in order to be accepted by their gender stereotypes in the social world to which they exist. This leads us to the next theory, symbolic interaction, or (social constructed interactionists) where our behavior and expectation are associate with that of using consciously or unconsciously methods. What this means is we interact with others in a way that we are best comfortable, without the interference of feeling inferior by others appealing qualities over our own image to which we value to protect. Just like with our appearance, we strive to look our best in how we dress to impress; while

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