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Human Centered Design... Change Agents for People

06.01.2015

Wolfer square headshotThe Fulbright Specialist Program is given to qualified U.S. academics who have a doctorate or equivalent terminal degree in their field or professionals who have recognized professional standing and accomplishments. The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) promotes linkages between U.S. scholars and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas, engaging in short-term collaborative projects at eligible institutions in over 140 countries worldwide.

 

In professional practice, social workers must routinely address ill-structured problems, i.e., complex problems that defy clear description and that do not have readily apparent solutions. Consequently, it is important for social work educators to produce graduates who are able to think critically and reflectively. Despite widespread agreement among educators, promoting the development of these skills in the classroom has proved challenging. The case method of teaching—based on decision cases about actual practice dilemmas—has been offered as one way to develop these skills.

Dr. Wolfer applied to the Fulbright Specialist Program with the goals of building institutional relationships and strengthening host country universities. Consistent with these goals, the award will enable him to deepen engagement in academic exchanges, providing faculty development activities that go well beyond research and lecturing, and which will promote increased and continuing collaboration between U.S. and non-U.S. institutions. With lengthy experience in U.S. higher education, he is eager to engage with his faculty peers from other parts of the world and to do so in ways that build their educational capacity and resources.

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