Social work educators are among the first to become aware of emerging
social problems. Their students, who are exposed to direct practical experience
with diverse clients and agencies, bring these issues to their attention.
New knowledge and its application to social services develop fairly quickly.
Two factors, however, inhibit qualitative and quantitative exploration
of this new knowledge and its dissemination: the expense of undertaking
pilot studies and the cost of preparing manuscripts for publication. When
funds to meet these expenses are made available, new knowledge for education
and the delivery of social services can be tested and dissemination facilitated.
© 2003 The Lois and Samuel Silberman Fund
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