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Some Will Rob You With a Six Gun, Some With A Fountain Pen: Social Work Education and the Ecological Folk Wisdom of Woody Guthrie

Some Will Rob You With a Six Gun, Some With A Fountain Pen: Social Work Education and the Ecological Folk Wisdom of Woody Guthrie

Ecological systems theory and social justice are general elements of social work education. While case studies, textbooks, and professional journal articles are common methods for exploring these features of social work, folk music offers an alternative approach for unpacking these ideas. Woody Guthrie’s music serves as a strong scaffold for delivering social work education. His pictures of social injustice and systemic interconnectedness are engaging, responsive to varied learning styles, and memorable. Key Words: Social work education, ecological theory, social justice, Woody Guthrie, folk music

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