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Iconic Women in Psychology History

by South University
March 27, 2012

As part of celebrating Women’s History Month, we’re taking a closer look at the important and groundbreaking contributions women have made in areas of study found at South University.

While the field of psychology has long acknowledged the contributions of legendary male figures like Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, there has been less of a light shone on the women in this field. Now however, more and more women are being recognized for their trailblazing work throughout its history.

Mary Whiton Calkins

Mary Whiton Calkins had the distinction of being the American Psychological Association’s (APA) first woman president. She was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1863, graduated from Smith College and went on to teach at Wellesley College until her death in 1929.

According to an APA profile, her contributions to the field included:

Throughout her life, Dr. Calkins published writings based on both philosophy and psychology. The Persistent Problems of Philosophy (1907) and The Good Man and The Good (1918) were two publications where she got to express her philosophical views. Though most of her work focused on memory, it would seem she was most interested in the self. After spending many years seeking to define the idea of the self, her work concluded that she in no way could define the idea. She stated that even though the self was indefinable, it was “a totality, a one of many characters... a unique being in the sense that I am I and you are you...”

Mary Ainsworth

Mary Ainsworth is credited with contributing immensely to our understanding of relationships between mothers and infant children. As part of her research, she developed the "Strange Situation" procedure for evaluating and providing insights into the maternal-infant relationship:

Dr. Ainsworth, who lived in Charlottesville, worked closely with Dr. John Bowlby, the British child psychiatrist whose work on separation, attachment and loss provided the foundation for attachment theory. She carried on his legacy in the United States, conducting systematic studies of attachments between mothers and infants.

''No one had ever looked at that'' before Dr. Ainsworth's work, said Jude A. Cassidy, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Maryland at College Park. ''There had been little empirical observation.''

Karen Horney

Born in 1885 near Hamburg, Germany, Karen Horney is widely regarded for her work on feminine psychology and neurosis. She helped challenge much of the accepted knowledge of female psychology, especially many concepts embraced by Sigmund Freud himself. As this profile at Encyclopedia Britannica highlights:

"She moved to New York City in 1934 to return to private practice and teach at the New School for Social Research. There she produced her major theoretical works, The Neurotic Personality of Our Time (1937) and New Ways in Psychoanalysis (1939), in which she argued that environmental and social conditions, rather than the instinctual or biological drives described by Freud, determine much of individual personality and are the chief causes of neuroses and personality disorders."

We hope you’ve enjoyed this look at some of the prominent women in the field of psychology. For more information, please take a look here, or visit our Psychology program page if you'd like to learn more about South University.

by South University
March 27, 2012
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Technology’s Influence on Education

by Jared Newnam
March 16, 2012

Technology plays a large role in many aspects of day-to-day life, and education is no different. Technology is rapidly changing the way students learn and how instructors teach.

Computers have replaced chalkboards as the go-to tool in classrooms today. And it’s not just happening in higher education; technology is part of education for children of all ages. It’s also a part of their daily lives. According to a research study by Common Sense Media published in October 2011, “computer use is pervasive among very young children, with half (53%) of all 2 to 4 year olds having ever used a computer, and nine out of 10 (90%) 5 to 8 year olds having done so.”

As technology continues to evolve, it brings with it new opportunities and challenges for educators and students. Social networking is a great example of technology that can help — or hinder — education, depending on how it is used and integrated into teaching plans. Privacy and security are two concerns that can come with using social networking in the classroom. It can also become a distraction to students, or even a tool used for bullying. According to a 2011 Pew report, 15% of children surveyed said they had been the victim of mean behavior on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

However, using social networking as part of the learning process can also have benefits. Students who are more introverted may open up and connect more with faculty and other students when they are communicating through social networking. It also affords students the opportunity to collaborate and work together in a whole new way.

There are also social networking sites designed specifically for education. An article on technology in education by Education Week mentions ePals and eChalk as two sites “designed specifically for learning.”

College students can be notoriously connected to technology, including social networking, through their smartphones, laptops, and tablets. Social media in education presents college students with different benefits and detriments compared to their younger counterparts. According to Mashable, “Facebook is the most used social media tool in higher education.” Additionally, Mashable says that colleges can use social media to encourage school spirit, foster the growth of alumni groups, and offer virtual tours to potential students.

So whether it is a college student studying classic literature or a grade school student first learning to read, technology is now an integral part of the education process.

by Jared Newnam
March 16, 2012
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A Look at the Future of Paralegal Careers

by South University
March 12, 2012

Welcome to the fifth installment in our blog series taking a look at the future of some the occupational fields you’ll find here at South University Online Programs. Today, we’re going to be looking at some trends and career outlooks for Paralegals.

If you’re thinking about starting on the path towards studying to become a paralegal, you might be interested in what people are saying about the profession and where it’s headed.

First off, we’ll start with the Bureau of Labor Statistics and their look at the profession. They predict it to be a growing profession over the next several years:

"Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 28 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employers are trying to reduce costs and increase the availability and efficiency of legal services by hiring paralegals to perform tasks once done by lawyers. Paralegals are performing a wider variety of duties, making them more useful to businesses.

Demand for paralegals also is expected to grow as an expanding population increasingly requires legal services, especially in areas such as intellectual property, healthcare, international law, elder issues, criminal law, and environmental law. The growth of prepaid legal plans also should contribute to the demand for legal services."

Additionally, according to this article from Lexis Nexis:

"The latest job rating survey at the CareerCast job portal ranked 200 different jobs based on five vital work criteria: stress, work environment, physical demands, income and outlook. While “lawyer” came in 82nd on the list of 200 best jobs and “federal judges” 69th, “paralegal assistants” made the top 20—ranking 17th overall. (Court reporters followed along at 28th.) ranked the paralegal profession 14th in the Top 20 jobs for “people who want more pay, more upside and more control over where they're going.”

Want to learn more about the paralegal profession? You might want to try the National Federation of Paralegal Associations or the National Association of Legal Assistants.

by South University
March 12, 2012
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