Margaret Washburn Descriptive Essay by jlatigue

Margaret Washburn
A description of the life and achievements of Margaret Washburn.
# 119926 | 1,354 words | 2 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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This paper explores the life and contributions of Margaret Washburn, one of the first women to enter the field of psychology. The paper gives a detailed account of Washburn's career and research, describing her as a trailblazer in her discipline. Also described is her major work entitled "The Animal Mind" which was published in 1908. The paper concludes by noting Washburn's place in the field of psychology and how she helped open doors to women in this emerging area of study.

From the Paper:

"After already trailblazing the field of psychology for women, Washburn wasn't satisfied with just being the first woman to obtain a PhD, she also wanted to spread the wealth and make a difference within her field as a teacher. She took numerous teaching positions at various colleges including Wells College, Cornell's Sage College and the University of Cincinnati, but eventually ended up right where she started out at her alma mater, Vassar College; taking up the title of Associate Professor of Philosophy in 1903. While back at Vassar, she held a very prestigious teaching career helping and also was expanded herself include titles such as "an APA presidency in 1921, co-editorship of the American Journal of Psychology for more than a decade, and election to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences in 1931" (Goodwin, 2008)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Goodwin, C. J. (2008). A History of Modern Psychology (3rd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
  • Washburn, M. F. (1908). The Animal Mind: A Textbook Of Comparative Psychology. Whitefish, MT: Kessinger Publishing.

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