We Still Love John

September 17, 2009

Using Social Cognitive Theory

Filed under: #3: discovery and reporting — welovejohn @ 1:19 am

John is underachieving and is at risk of long-term consequences of school failure. p. 114

One way is to use social cognitive theory to help him change his faulty cognitive behaviour through teaching him problem solving skills and relaxation techniques. For instance, recognising his emotional signs and communicate it in a nonviolent way. This increases his self-determination – gains control over his emotions. Control your emotions, not your emotions control you.

Resilience – A learner characteristic that, despite adversity, raises the likelihood of success in school and later life. He needs this!

p.76 Social Problem Solving

Self-Regulation – the process of setting goals, monitor process toward the goals, assess the extent to which goals are met and how to use strategies effectively. So for instance, to set a time limit to reduce time at the computer and monitor his gaming usage by using a timer.Or keeping a behavioural diary. “Today, Jitsy said something hurtful and I felt… I reacted by…. I should have reacted by… next time this happens I would…”

Another definition of self-regulation=self-control: http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/bandura.html

John also needs to seek help from his teachers.

Cognitive behaviour Modification p.188.

Hostile attribution bias – tendency to perceive ambiguous situations negatively, so for instance thinking someone doesn’t like you because they step on your foot.

From: Educational Psychology TB by Eggen & Kauchak

P.S. We have to assume he has the cognitive capabilities to learn all these problem-solving skills.

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