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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Women and Social Media by Patricia Pedraza-Nafziger

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Patricia Pedraza-Nafziger, BellaOnline's Distance Learning Editor reports, "There are a variety of learning theories that exist today. Each conceptual framework is based on the emotional, cognitive, and environmental influences on how a particular group of individuals may understand and learn."


Feminist learning theory places women's issues and those related to gender at the center of educational discussions. Topics surrounding politics, social relationships, inequality in the workplace, and philosophies are all main points of interest. However, technology has had a direct effect on changes in learning theories, particularly for women.

Women have the desire to learn and grow, so much so that the number of female college students in the United States exceeds the number of male students. Women have also surpassed men in the number of bachelor’s degrees earned, and their achievements in master’s and professional degrees are not too far behind. However, the types of institutions women earn their degrees vary considerably from those of men. Elite colleges tend to have a higher number of males than females enrolled. One reason for this is that women have a propensity to enroll in lower-status schools that offer part-time attendance programs, which may better accommodate their lifestyles. Their demand for convenience and flexibility also flows into career aspirations, to fulfill both family and professional responsibilities in the most efficient and convenient ways possible.

Source: BellaOnline