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ERIC Number: EJ837128
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0884-1233
Shaking the "Magic 8 Ball": Reflections of a First-Time Teacher
McGranahan, Eileen
Journal of Teaching in Social Work, v28 n1-2 p19-34 May 2008
Social work doctoral candidates and others without much or any formal teaching experience or training are frequently invited to teach a variety of graduate-level social work courses. This beginning teaching experience can be quite challenging both personally and professionally. Yet, it is seldom discussed in the literature, especially from a personal perspective. This paper seeks to address that gap by providing a narrative account of the author's first-time experience teaching an Advanced Clinical Practice course to fifteen second year social work masters students. Included is an examination of influences on the experience of teaching, with particular attention to the importance of attending to student needs, teaching techniques, and to who the "self" is that one brings to teaching. Implications of the author's experience, including an appended "list" of what might have been done differently is presented as a general guide for other new social work educators as well as for those who mentor them. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A