The Use of Self: The Essence of Professional Education by Raymond FoxThe Use of Self: The Essence of Professional Education by Raymond Fox

The Use of Self: The Essence of Professional Education

byRaymond Fox

Paperback | June 15, 2011

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The finest teachers attempt to make direct connections between classroom knowledge and its application to the varieties of practice. Ray Fox emphasizes that a teacher of future practitioners must expand upon lectures and mere memorization; the interaction between teacher and student shouldsubstantially model ones that students are encouraged to employ with clients.The Use of Self presents an active, learner-centered process of professional education that emphasizes relationships and reflection in the classroom. The book shows how teachers can establish classroom environments of sharing, openness, challenge, and change. According to the author, the goal ofhigher education is to mold students into scientifically sophisticated, humane, and client-centered practitioners with knowledge grounded in discipline and skills anchored in art and compassion. This book will help professors accomplish this goal.Part 1 integrates conceptual knowledge with affective and experiential processes. These chapters focus on artistry and creativity in teaching. Part 2 describes methods to help students establish a sound professional identity and prepare for effective professional functioning. The author presentsways to involve students in adapting course content and direction so as to merge their styles of learning with the instructor's style of teaching, thus providing an environment conducive to shaping professional minds. Part 3 provides teaching methods and tools that promote reflection and encouragestudents to relate to classmates and, eventually, clients.
Raymond Fox (MPA, PhD, New York University; MSW, Fordham University) is professor emeritus of social work at Fordham University. He taught advanced graduate courses in professional development, social work education, and social work practice. He has led workshops and seminars on teaching methodology and curriculum for university facult...
Title:The Use of Self: The Essence of Professional EducationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.9 × 5.91 × 0.51 inPublished:June 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0190616148

ISBN - 13:9780190616144


Editorial Reviews

"At once philosophical and practical, Fox provides tangible examples of how to foster relational and reflective processes in the classroom." --Jeff T. Steen, The New Social Worker, Summer 2012