Grace Longwell Coyle


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(1892–1962) Grace Longwell Coyle was the first social work educator to develop a scientific approach to group work practice. Born in North Adams, Massachusetts, Coyle received a BA from Wellesley College (1914), a certificate from the New York School of Philanthropy (1915), and an MA in economics (1928) and a doctorate in sociology from Columbia University (1931). Her early activities included work in settlement houses and the YWCA. From 1934 to 1962, she taught at the School of Applied Social Sciences at Western Reserve University in Cleveland, developing the first group work course to be taught at that university.


From Encyclopedia of Social Work in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Social Work.

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