Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Evaluate the contributions made by John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth toward the development of attachment theory.
  • Assess the evolution and application of social learning theory from Robert Sears to Eleanor Maccoby and Albert Bandura.
  • Examine the shift in focus from learning to innate abilities in the work of Eleanor Gibson and Jerome Kagan.
  • Discuss the contributions to the study of social development made by Roger Brown, Kenneth and Mamie Clark, and Martha Bernal.