Models of Achievement: Reflections of Eminent Women in Psychology - Vol. 3

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1997 and serve as its director. Most of the Center projects are created in a multimedia format. Other projects include teaching cross-cultural research ethics through role-playing using a science fiction motif, and how to present academic dishonesty matters in the course syllabus.

It is said that multimedia design is extremely difficult, very specialized, and has a steep learning curve. Not the kind of trick that us “old dogs” could possibly learn. Women are still rarities in this business dominated by very young males who are as comfortable with computers as they are with pulling on their socks. Again, I am so glad that I paid this stereotype no mind. With a large grant from the Fund for Improvement in Postsecondary Education (United States Department of Education), I created an interactive educational program on CD-ROM for first offenders of academic honesty codes. Lisa Gray-Shellberg served as the Companion Site Director at California State University, Dominguez Hills. The program has similarities to assignment by a judge to traffic school for the first speeding ticket. For example, the “F” remains on the plagiarized term paper (as is the fine paid for going 80 in a 35 mph zone). However, something proactive and educational is also offered as an option instead of pressing formal charges (cheating) or reporting a speeding ticket to the insurance company (traffic violation). Everything I love doing was given to this project, including intense collaboration with scores of undergraduate students.

A current parallel project that will extend into my retirement years is a system for teaching very young children values, again using a multimedia, nonlinear paradigm. Fanciful characters symbolize moral principles, temptations, and conflicts. This project is joyful, fun, and very fulfilling. Rag toy figures are involved, which means I have pulled out my old sewing machine that thankfully still works and those scraps of cloth, buttons, feathers, paints, sequins, and other decorative paraphernalia that have been piling up for years because one never knows when such items might come in handy. Watch for a quirky moral fable storyteller named Granny Grit!


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Keith-Spiegel, E, & Wiederman, M. (2000). The complete guide to graduate school admissions: Psychology and relatedfields(2nd ed.) Mahwah, N. J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

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