Abraham Flexner


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(1866–1959) Abraham Flexner was an educator and educational reformer who influenced social work through his challenge to the professional status of the field. Of immigrant background, Flexner graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1886 and spent his early career in secondary education as a teacher and a school principal. After a period of study at Harvard University and in Berlin, Flexner began his work in educational reform. His 1910 report to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Medical Education in the United States and Canada, had tremendous impact on the development of medical education. He was a member and secretary of the General Education Board of the Rockefeller Foundation (1917–1925) and later became director of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University (1930–1939).


From Encyclopedia of Social Work in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Social Work.