Modeling is a great concept to help students learn, and is at the forefront of a student’s education. Can models really have an effect on students?
There are four main ways that models affect behavior.
1. Observational Learning – Acquiring new skills or behaviors from watching others.
2. Response Facilitation – When a child displays a skill or behavior more often after a modeled behavior is reinforced.
3. Response Inhibition – When a child displays a skill or behavior less often after a modeled behavior is reinforced.
4. Response Disinhibition – A child more frequently displays undesired behavior when no adverse reaction occurs.
Modeling can have a real impact on a child’s ability to learn. What can I do to be the best model I can be?
1. Demonstrate Competence – Children will generally model someone with a well-honed skill.
2. Demonstrate Authority – Students tend to imitate someone of power or authority, like a teacher or parent.
3. Recognize Gender Roles – Students generally select models of their own gender. Girls model Women, etc.
4. Focus on Relevancy – Students tent to Model behavior and skills relevant to their situations.