Social Cognitive Theory : A Bandura Thought Review published in 1982-2012

Sri Muliati Abdullah


This article was about reviewing ten of Albert Bandura's scientific works on Social Cognitive Theory published in journals, textbooks, and handbooks. Bandura has elaborated the social learning process with cognitive and behavioral factors that influence a person in the social learning process. The main identity of social cognitive theory was the introduction of the concept of human agency and the concept of triadic reciprocal determinism. Human agency has the meaning that human beings have the capacity to direct themselves through control over the thinking process, motivation and self-action. In the triadic model reciprocal determinism was discussed about the causes of reciprocal consequences of behavior, cognition and other personal factors, and environmental influences, in interacting interactions with one another. In addition to the above concept, Bandura also put forward on self efficacy. Self-efficacy perception occupies an important role in the causal structure of cognitive social theory because efficacy beliefs affect human ability to adapt to change, individually or collectively.


social cognitive theory, human agency, triadic reciprocal determinism, self efficacy

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Bandura, A. (1982). Self-efficacy mechanism in human agency. American Psychologist, 37(2), 122-147.

Bandura, A. (1986). Social foundations of thought and action : A social cognitive theory. Englewood Cliffs : Prentice Hall.

Bandura, A. (1989). Human agency in social cognitive theory. American Psychologist, 44( 9), 1175-1184.

Bandura, A. (1997). Self Efficacy : The exercise of control. New York : Freeman.

Bandura, A. (2001). Social cognitive theory : An agentic perspective. Annual Reviews Psychology, 52, 1-26.

Bandura, A. (2002a). Social cognitive theory in cultural context. Applied Psychology : An International Review, 51(2), 269-290.

Bandura, A. (2002b). Growing primacy of human agency in adaptation and change in the electronic area. European Psychologist, 7(1), 2-16. DOI: 10.1027//1016-9040.7.1.2.

Bandura, A. (2006). Toward a psychology of human agency. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 1(2), 164-180.

Bandura, A. (2009). Exercise of personal collective efficacy in changing societies. Dalam Bandura, A. (editor). Self Efficacy in Changing Societies. New York : Cambridge University Press.

Bandura, A. (2012). Social Cognitif Theory. Dalam Lange. P. A. M. V.; Kruglanski, A.W; & Higgins, E.T. (editor). Handbook of theories of social psychology. Volume 1. London : Sage Publications Ltd.


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