Integrating Knowledge And Practice

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As a profession that works directly to improve the human condition, social work has made a special effort to integrate social science knowledge with its methods for identifying and dealing with human problems. This book is about the relationship between the systematic study of human problems and actions to improve them. The group of experts do not provide practical instructions; they do not provide advice on how to conduct evaluation studies or how to solve the problem of homelessness. Instead, the contributors examine the questions and issues that arise, and the knowledge gained, when purposeful attempts are made to understand and solve human problems using the best available social science knowledge.

The issue of the integration of social work and the social sciences has not been examined in any depth in current research. The social sciences have evolved steadily through the years and social workers have increasingly relied on them—both substantively as well as in terms of research methodologies. In turn, social work has contributed to this dialogue by providing challenging research questions, in formulating critiques of social science theory and methodology, and in emphasizing the need to study social problems in their complex environments. The book's goal is to define how social work and the social sciences can continue to build on a clear sense of the issues and developments common to both.

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Examines relations between the social sciences and social work. Begins with historical background, documenting phases in development of the social sciences since the mid-1800s, then shows how changes in knowledge development processes in the social sciences have affected current social work perspectives in the post-WWII era. Final chapters conceptualize the two disciplines as a single reputational organization, examining how both together may be affected by the process of globalization, and report on a joint doctoral program in social work and social science at the University of Michigan. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275949679
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 366
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID J. TUCKER is Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan School of Social Work.

CHARLES GARVIN is Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan School of Social Work.

ROSEMARY SARRI is Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan School of Social Work and Faculty Associate at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Evolution and Change in the Relationship between Social Work and Social Science 1
Pt. I Promises and Problems
Introduction: Progress and Problems in the Integration of Knowledge and Practice 21
2 Making Decisions about Integration 24
3 Mechanism, Conflict, and Cultural Symbol: Three Views of the Relationship between Social Insight and Social Transformation 38
4 Knowledge for Policy and Practice 46
5 Content Analysis of Social Work Dissertation Papers: Epistemological Implications 62
6 Research and Social Policy: Conceptual Frameworks and Social Inequality 75
Pt. II Social Science to Social Work
Introduction: How Social Science Contributes to Social Work 87
7 Schemas and Niches: Social Cognitive Resources for Contemporary Social Work Practice 90
8 Community Organization, New Social Movement Theory, and the Condition of Postmodernity 105
9 The Theory and Practice of Decision Making 116
10 Expanding Theories of Occupational Structure: Examining the Relationship between Family-Responsive Policies and Worker Well-Being 126
11 Grounded Theory: A Methodology for Integrating Social Work and Social Science Theory 139
12 Introduction of Chaos and Complexity Theory to Social Work 149
Pt. III Social Work to Social Science
Introduction: Social Work Perspectives on the Integration of Social Work and Social Science 159
13 Macro Practice for the Twenty-first Century: An Empowerment Perspective 164
14 Social Work Education in Context: Hong Kong Polytechnic File 174
15 The Interface between Social Sciences and Social Work: The Case of European Mental Health Social Work 187
16 Integrating Work Team Effectiveness with Social Work Practice: An Ecological Approach 196
17 Of Penguins and Policies: Communications between Policy Researchers and Decision Makers 209
18 Rediscovering the Lives of Women: A Feminist Critique of the Social Science-Social Work Connection 218
19 Human Resources in the Industrialized Societies: The Need for New Social Concepts and Perspectives 229
20 Solid Stratification and Psychological Debilitation: A Review with Practice Implications 246
Pt. IV Themes and Perspectives
21 Themes and Perspectives on Integration and Related Models 256
Pt. V A History of Educational Integration in One Program
22 Doctoral Education in Social Work and Social Science at Michigan 273
References 299
Index 346
About the Contributors 350
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