There are many theories in learning and one of these theories is the Social Learning Theory.
The major proponent of Social Learning Theory is Bandura through his Observation and Imitation Theory. According to this theory, learners learn through the way of observation as well as through the way of imitation.
The Social Learning Theory has these characteristics: Observational Learning, Vicarious Learning and Self-Regulated Learning.
The Observational Learning involves the learner's attention, retention, reproduction and motivation. The Vicarious Learning occurs when the learners acquire the learning from his or her observation from the behaviors of others considering that he or she felts and enjoyit. The Self-Regulated Learning occurs whenever the learners observes, assesses, or judge his or her own behavior with his or her own standards and punish or rewards his or herself.
There are certain patterns that are used in the Social Learning; these patterns are the Real-Life model, Symbolic and the Representational.
The Real-Life model is presented to the learners as these were personified and exemplified by the parents, the teachers as well as by the other citizens in the community.
The symbolic pattern is presented to the learners through the way of oral or written symbols.
The Representational pattern is presented to the learners through the audio-visual means as well as by the other related materials.