"Inventing" Rural Social Work

  • Leon Ginsberg University of South Carolina


How are research and scholarship agendas developed? As scholarly productivity continues to grow in importance for those who are employed in higher education and some social agencies, the issues of developing research foci and publishing within those emphases is an increasingly crucial issue. Such agendas may emerge from experiences and demands for knowledge as well as from the deliberate and planned selection of a research area. This narrative discusses how one may develop an area of research emphasis as a result of chance and unique opportunities that may differ markedly from one s original research intentions. The article is based on the author's development of some of the concepts of rural social work. The field of rural social work has influenced social work practice and education significantly for much of the history of the profession, especially during the past 40 years.

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