Science and Social Work: A Critical Appraisal / Edition 1

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Overview

Science and Social Work is a critical appraisal of the strategies and methods that have been used to develop knowledge for social work practice. It identifies the major ways in which social workers have drawn upon scientific knowledge and techniques, placing each one in historical perspective by explaining the nature of the problems it was designed to solve and the philosophical, political, and practical questions it raised. Kirk and Reid offer a balanced appraisal of the promises, accomplishments, and limits of such approaches, demonstrating how the fruits of scientific research can aid clinical practice with individuals, families and groups.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare

This is a landmark book in the history of the relationship of social work research, as a science, and social work practice.

Journal of Social Service Research
[Kirk and Reid's] thoughtful new treatise is a significant contribution to the history of ideas in social work...well written, engaging... Science and Social Work should be required reading for graduate social work students and those of us who, by dint of age, do not have the long view of social work acquired by these two prominent scholars.

— Matthew O. Howard, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University

Social Thought

Kirk and Reid offer a clear eyed, empathic, yet sobering history, analysis and evaluation... of social work's failure to vigorously engage in the process of developing theories of practice and effective interventions.

Journal of Social Service Research - Matthew O. Howard

[Kirk and Reid's] thoughtful new treatise is a significant contribution to the history of ideas in social work...well written, engaging... Science and Social Work should be required reading for graduate social work students and those of us who, by dint of age, do not have the long view of social work acquired by these two prominent scholars.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231118255
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 12/26/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart A. Kirk is Marjorie Crump Professor and chair of the Ph.D. program of the Department of Social Welfare, School of Public Policy and Social Research at UCLA.

William J. Reid is Distinguished Professor of Social Welfare at the State University of New York at Albany.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Knowledge, Science, and the Profession of Social Work2. Science and Social Work: A Historical Perspective3. Client Problems as Organizing Foci for Knowledge4. The Scientific Model in Practice: The 1960s and Beyond5. Engineering Social Work Intervention6. Computer-Assisted Social Work Practice: The Promise of Technology, by Stuart Kirk, William Reid, and Carrie Petrucci7. Research-Based Practice8. Research Dissemination and Utilization: Spreading the Word9. Knowledge for Practice: Issues and Challenges

Columbia University Press

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