Assignment 2: Reinforcement and Punishment
Social learning theory postulates that gender development
is influenced by social environment, which includes the media. An individual’s
gender-related behavior is either reinforced or punished during the development
period based on the existing social beliefs and standards.
The following assignment will help you examine gender development
from the perspective of both boys and girls based on today’s culture
and with a look toward future trends.
Using the module readings, the Argosy University online
library resources, and the Internet, research social learning theory and
gender development during childhood.
Applying the tenets of the social learning theory, explain
the role of reinforcement and punishment in gender-related behaviors for
boys and girls. Address the following:
Identify 3–5 examples of gender-related behaviors that are developed
through reinforcement or punishment. Be sure to provide a balanced view
for boys and girls, and select examples which apply to the development
of both boys and girls.Explain, in detail, how these behaviors have been shaped by reinforcement
and punishment.Describe your own experiences with reinforcement and punishment of
gender-related behaviors.Comment on the following:
Explain the role of popular culture in the development of reinforcements
and punishments.Describe what reinforcements and punishments might look like in
the future, given current societal trends.

Support your assertions using valid research. Be sure to
integrate a reflection of your personal experiences and examples throughout
your paper.
Write a 2–3-page paper in Word format. Apply APA standards
to the formatting of your paper and the citation of sources. Remember
to include a cover page and reference page in APA format. Use the following
file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M2_A2.doc.

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