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Bandura’s Theory and the Glass Castle

Introduction –The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

  1. About the book:
    1. 2005 memoir of Jeannette Walls (Walls, 2006)
    2. The story of the family who chooses to live like homeless
    3. The Walls family members consist of parents Rex and Rosy walls, their three daughters: Lori Walls, Maureen and Jeannette wall and a son Brian Walls (Walls, 2006)
  2. The book is divided into 5 parts
  3. Depicted by the places the family used to live in
  4. The Glass Castle—Metaphor for the dream house which family plans to build one day
  5. Bandura’s Theory: Social Learning Theory
  6. Self is a product of the interaction between
    1. Cognition
    2. Behavior
    3. Environment
  7. Observation Learning: Learning occurs by observation other’s behavior (Lehman, 2018, p. 59)
  8. Jeannette Walls and Social Learning Theory
  9. Jeannette learned by observing the behaviors of her family
  10. Living as nomads and learning from the environment
  11. Choose to live a different life once grown up
  12. Describe her parents with affection but tend to lie
  13. Social standing
  14. Jeannette Walls and Self Observation
  15. Self-Observation:
  16. Observing oneself and behavior to understand the performance (Lehman & Ainbinder, 2018, p. 46)
  17. Jeannette self-observation
  18. The early life of Jeannette
  19. An accident in the kitchen
  20. Her father’s way of making her brother create a drama
  21. Breaking into the hospital by taking Jeannette away
  22. Other life incidents
  23. Judgment and Character of Jeannette
  24. Judgment is
    1. Comparing yourself and standards
    2. Standards for oneself and other’s expectations (Lehman & Ainbinder, 2018, p. 46)
  25. Jeannette tend to pretend about her family
  26. Lie about their status and their work because of the standards regarding a normal family
  27. Self-Response and Jeannette
  28. Self-Response is making and evaluating decisions
  29. Based on consequences and standards (Lehman & Ainbinder, 2018, p. 46)
  30. Decided to make her life better
  31. Move out of her family
  32. Tried to motivate her family to be in a better state
  33. Family, Self-Efficacy, and Jeannette
  34. Self is socially constructed through experience with the environment (Lehman & Ainbinder, 2018, p. 49)
  35. Family—1st element of self-efficacy and the interaction with the environment (Lehman & Ainbinder, 2018, p. 50)
    1. Different family structures creation of social references (Lehman & Ainbinder, 2018, p. 50)
  36. Examples from the life of Jeannette
  37. How family has impacted self-efficacy of Jeannette
  38. Alcoholic Father
  39. Being homeless
  40. Wandering and sleeping around at any place
  41. Naming everything they do as an adventure
  42. Conclusion- Social Learning and Jeannette
  43. Learn from other people via observation and imitation
  44. Jeannette learned from
  45. Her family
  46. The way of their living
  47. Unconventional childhood in the name of adventure
  48. Learning to move out the dysfunctional and poor environment


Lehman, M., & Ainbinder, D. (2018). Bandura’s social-cognitive learning theory. In D. Ainbinder & S. Unger (Eds.), Dialogues of self and society level 100 (4th ed., pp.39-54). Boca Raton, FL: Lynn University.

Lehman, M. (2018). Observational learning. In D. Ainbinder & S. Unger (Eds.), Dialogues of self and society level 100 (4th ed., pp. 56-67). Boca Raton, FL: Lynn University.

Walls, J. (2006). The Glass Castle: A Memoir. Simon & Schuster. Retrieved from




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