Pragmatic Apparatus – Is there more to human social learning than enhanced facilitation? Prolonged learning and its impact on culture

Cited by Lee Sonogan

Social Learning Theory: Albert Bandura - Educational Technology

Abstract by Csilla Dallos 

Recent scholarship has sought to understand culture by studying attributes of social learning. While celebrating the role of pedagogy and other forms of facilitated learning in human cultural uniqueness, these studies have neglected instances of restricted and prolonged knowledge and skill acquisition. This article analyses illustrative cases of such learning in the ethnographic literature to assess their implications for cultural processes and products. Combined evidence from formal apprenticeship and the informal learning of hunter-gatherers indicates that though enhanced facilitation of learning is undeniable, an exclusive focus on it has resulted in a flawed concept of human culture and its social context. The cases cited suggest that mechanisms to extend learning constitute a vital source of cultural creativity and innovation that should be considered in social learning and culture discussions.

Publication: Humanities and Social Sciences Communications (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

Pub Date: 21 June 2021 Doi:

Keywords: Archaeology, Social anthropology (Plenty more sections, figures and references in the article)

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