Educating Practitioners for Integrative Rural Practice

Chenoweth, L. I. (2004) Educating Practitioners for Integrative Rural Practice. Rural Society: the journal of research into rural and regional social issues in Australia, 14 3: 276-287. doi:10.5172/rsj.351.14.3.276


Author Chenoweth, L. I.
Title Educating Practitioners for Integrative Rural Practice
Journal name Rural Society: the journal of research into rural and regional social issues in Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1037-1656
Publication date 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5172/rsj.351.14.3.276
Open Access Status
Volume 14
Issue 3
Start page 276
End page 287
Total pages 12
Editor M. Bannister
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Centre for Rural Social Research, Charles Sturt University
Collection year 2004
Subject C1
16 Studies in Human Society
1608 Sociology
Abstract Arguably, living and working in rural communities can pose significant challenges for human service practitioners - challenges that are different from those encountered by their urban counterparts. Human services employers, like many other employers in rural areas, have difficulty in recruiting and retaining staff. There is now considerable evidence to support the notion that rural and remote practice constitutes a different and distinct form of practice and has undergone significant changes over the past decade. Living and working in rural communities means that practitioners are not only influenced by the rural and remote context of practice, they are also part of that context. Given the difficulty encountered in attracting and retaining rural practitioners and the changes in this area, an important question which emerges is: How can practitioners best be prepared for this work through largely urban based social work and human service education? The multifaceted and multilayered complexities in rural practice requires creativity, improvisation and a capacity for 'integrative thinking' (Martinez-Brawley 2002). This paper discusses six elements of newer forms of rural and remote practice and how they might be most effectively addressed through social work and human service curricula. An education model which integrates these elements and other principles for rural practice is proposed.
Keyword Rural communities
rural human service practitioner
remote rural practice
rural society research
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2005 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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