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ERIC Number: EJ837129
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0884-1233
A Fine Balance: Instructor Self-Disclosure in the Classroom
Rasmussen, Brian M.; Mishna, Faye
Journal of Teaching in Social Work, v28 n1-2 p191-207 May 2008
This paper explores the issue of the instructor's self-disclosure within a classroom. Theoretically, the paper offers a broad relational framework from which we discuss dynamics regarding the instructor's inevitable use of self-disclosure and its impact on the student-instructor relationship and the learning process. Further, we survey the literature from the clinical and supervisory domains for relevant ideas. We recommend that instructors judiciously and reflectively self-disclose in the classroom. Conscious awareness of the dynamics of self-disclosure helps to monitor the effectiveness of this activity. A fine balance between thoughtful restraint and genuine openness helps to facilitate this goal.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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