What is a Role Model? - Definition, Importance & Example


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What is a role model?

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1. Who can be a role model?

2. Based upon Robert K. Merton's work, how are a role model's behaviors looked at by a person who emulates him?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Role models come in many forms, and this worksheet and quiz can help test your understanding of different types of role models, how people emulate the behavior of role models, and the concept of social learning theory.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz to asses your knowledge of the following:

  • Definition of a role model
  • Persons who can be role models
  • Actions of persons viewing a role model's behavior
  • Alternative name for Bandura's theory of social learning
  • Most consistent role models throughout a person's life

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to practice these skills:

  • Making connections - compare the theory of learning with how a person emulates the behavior of a role model
  • Reading comprehension - draw the most important information from the related social psychology lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the definition and examples of role models

Additional Learning

Find out more about role models by reviewing the lesson titled What is a Role Model? - Definition, Importance & Example. The lesson addresses the following topics:

  • Covers different types of role models
  • Explains how role models can be either positive or negative
  • Discusses sociologist Robert K. Morton's concept of a role model
  • Details psychologist Albert Bandura's observations of social learning
  • Describes role models in everyday life