Virginia Pollard Robinson


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(1883–1977) Virginia Pollard Robinson was a native of Kentucky, who, after earning two degrees at Bryn Mawr College, taught high school English for four years and then, from 1911 to 1918, worked at a series of social work agencies in New York City. After 17 years at the Pennsylvania School of Social Work, she became Professor of Social Case Work at the University of Pennsylvania, where she continued until her retirement in 1952. Over 35 years of academic work, Virginia Robinson, who twice served as acting head of the School, gradually came to personify the School's very identity. She was the leading force and major theoretician behind the functional approach to social work that was the trademark of the Pennsylvania School of Social Work for over six decades.


From Encyclopedia of Social Work in Oxford Reference.

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