Social Work Science by Ian ShawSocial Work Science by Ian Shaw

Social Work Science

byIan Shaw

Hardcover | April 26, 2016

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What is the role of science in social work? Ian Shaw considers social work inventions, evidence-based practice, the history of scientific claims in social work practice, technology, and social work research methodology to demonstrate the significant role that scientific language and practice play in the complex world of social work.

By treating science as a social action marked by the interplay of choice, activity, and constraints, Shaw links scientific and social work knowledge through the core themes of the nature of evidence, critical learning and understanding, justice, and the skilled evaluation of the subject. He shows specifically how to connect science, research, and the practical and speaks to the novel topics this integration introduces into the discipline, including experience, expertise, faith, tacit knowledge, judgment, interests, scientific controversies, and understanding.

Ian Shaw is professor of social work at the Aalborg University in Denmark and emeritus professor at the University of York. His most recent books include Doing Qualitative Research in Social Work (2014) and the four volume series Social Work Research (2016).
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Title:Social Work ScienceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:344 pagesPublished:April 26, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231166400

ISBN - 13:9780231166409

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Talking Social Work Science2. Doing Social Work Science3. Historical Moments for Social Work and Science4. Technology and Social Work5. The Social Work Science Community: Controversies and Cooperation6. Social Work Science and Evidence7. Social Work Science and Understanding8. Social Work Science and Justice9. Impacts and InfluencesAppendix. Writing Social Work ScienceNotesReferencesIndex

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This book offers a wide-ranging and historically informed discussion of the connections between social work and science. It raises important questions about the role of evidence in professional work while underlining the essential part it plays. This sophisticated and balanced approach is greatly to be welcomed.