This book represents an important contribution by the School of Social Work at the University of Toronto. It is a record of a carefully designed plan to include a worthwhile research experience in the educational programme of every student engaged in graduate education for the profession. In the introductory essay Dr. Albert Rose explains the methods by which this educational objective has been attempted and traces the evolution of the research requirements as a valid learning experience.
The abstracts of 398 student projects provide a varied and interesting illustrative record of the students' work. These are not definitive studies but they are fertile in suggestive ideas; and the reported findings, though limited, are studded with clues for further and more intensive study in a wide range of welfare services and in different forms of social work. The result should be a valuable source of ideas for intending researches in this field both of what is known, and perhaps equally important, of how much is not known.
The abstracts have been prepared by Margaret Avison, who has also provided an evocative introductory review.
About the authors
One of Canada's most respected poets, Margaret Avison was born in Galt, Ontario, lived in Western Canada in her childhood, and then in Toronto. In a productive career that stretched back to the 1940s, she produced seven books of poems, including her first collection, Winter Sun (1960), which she assembled in Chicago while she was there on a Guggenheim Fellowship, and which won the Governor General's Award. No Time (Lancelot Press), a work that focussed on her interest in spiritual discovery and moral and religious values, also won the Governor General's Award for 1990. Avison's published poetry up to 2002 was gathered into Always Now: the Collected Poems (Porcupine's Quill, 2003), including Concrete and Wild Carrot which won the 2003 Griffin Prize. Her most recent book, Listening, Last Poems, was published in 2009 by McClelland & Stewart.
Margaret Avison was the recipient of many awards including the Order of Canada and three honorary doctorates.
Albert Rose was a professor of Social Work and the Co-ordinator of Research, School of Social Work, University of Toronto. He is the author of Regent Park: A Study in Slum Clearance.
Florence Strakhovsky was Research Secretary, Harry M. Cassidy Memorial Research Fund, School of Social Work, University of Toronto.
Other titles by Margaret Avison
The Research Compendium
Review and Abstracts of Graduate Research, 1942-1962
The Essential Margaret Avison
A Kind of Perseverance
I Am Here and Not Not-There
More Joy in Heaven
The Last Poems of Margaret Avison
Writing the Terrain
Travelling Through Alberta with the Poets