Guided participation is another application of social learning theory. In this case, teachers are seen to teach children in schools by asking the children to repeat the phrases they say in class. At home, the children are witnessed practicing on their own and this is a form of guided participation. Before children go to school, their parents have to teach them how to speak.
All these examples are forms of social learning in which the children will learn what their teachers and parents know. Although the children will not be copying real behavior, they will be imitating what the teachers and parents have told them. This means that they will be duplicating what the parents and teachers know. This way, they will know what they are being taught (Sulsky & Kline, 2007).