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ERIC Number: ED118295
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Sep
Pages: 14
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A Needed Research Orientation for Rural Sociologists in the South.
Dunkelberger, John E.; And Others
Rural sociology research in the South needs to confront the question of research priorities in order to more effectively meet the needs of its various clients and publics. Review of current priorities in rural sociology reveals emphasis on research activities ordered as follows: (1) Rural Development; (2) Population Distribution; (3) Social Inequality and Disadvantaged Groups; (4) Environment and Natural Resources; (5) Agricultural Industry; and (6) Nonmetropolitan Communities. Since rural sociology is an applied field, research originates in the social problems confronted by policy makers and practitioners. Therefore, establishing criteria and procedures for setting priorities is more important than listing specific priorities. An adequate basis for determining research priorities must be grounded in the practice of rural sociology to provide continuity and focus, but not to the exclusion of future-oriented theory and methodology. The theoretical orientation of social change as applied to social organization has been largely overlooked. In order to employ the organizational orientation there must be a change in methodological emphasis to include the use of a more diverse assortment of research tools. Since the cost for such an orientation would be high, a capacity for initiating and continuing communication with potential clients must be built into the research activities. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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