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Bandura, Albert (1925-)
Nancy E. Betz
Albert Bandura was born in 1925 in a small town in northern Alberta, Canada. He was the youngest of six childern and the only son. The local schools he attended were very short of teachers, so the young students had to be self-directed in their learning. This may have been where the young Bandura began to learn what would become a central theme in his later research on human development and functioning, that of self-directedness , or agency . Bandura earned his B.A. in psychology at the University of British Columbia and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Iowa. After receiving his doctoral degree in 1952, under the direction of Arthur Benton, he joined the faculty of the Department of Psychology at Stanford University where he has spent his entire professional career. Albert Bandura is one of the founders of behaviorally-oriented approaches to behavior change, including behaviorally-oriented psychotherapy. ...