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ERIC Number: EJ987990
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-1043-7797
Why Social Work Needs Mapping
Hillier, Amy
Journal of Social Work Education, v43 n2 p205-222 Spr-Sum 2007
Relative to other fields, social work has been slow to adopt geographic information systems (GIS) as a tool for research and practice. This paper argues that GIS can benefit social work by: (1) continuing and strengthening the social survey tradition; (2) providing a framework for understanding human behavior; (3) identifying community needs and assets; (4) improving the delivery of social services; and (5) empowering communities and traditionally disenfranchised groups. Examples from a social work course on GIS and published social work research help illustrate these points. The paper concludes by considering the ways that social work can contribute to the development of GIS. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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