Understanding social work : an empirical approach /

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Author / Creator:Munro, Eileen, 1950-
Imprint:London ; Atlantic Highlands, NJ : Athlone Press, 1998.
Description:215 p. ; 23 cm.
Language:English
Subject:Social service -- United States -- Philosophy.
Social service -- United States -- Methodology.
Social service -- Research -- United States.
Social service -- Methodology.
Social service -- Philosophy.
Social service -- Research.
United States.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/2959354
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ISBN:0485115212
0485121344 (pbk.)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. [202]-212) and index.
Table of Contents:
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Need for Change
  • Autonomy and accountability
  • Doubts about effectiveness
  • 2. Social Workers' Role and Expertise
  • The growth of the social work profession
  • Social work training
  • Which theories to use
  • How to use theories
  • 3. The Art/Science Debate
  • Commonsense psychology
  • The rejection of science
  • The rejection of the mind
  • The mind and science
  • Relativism
  • 4. The Role of Empathy
  • The power of empathy
  • The scope of empathy
  • The reliability of empathy
  • 5. Creative Thinking and Theories
  • The myth of the neutral observer
  • Theories are conjectures
  • Strict behaviourism and the exclusion of the mind
  • Free will and causal explanations
  • Obstacles to developing theories
  • 6. Reliable Evidence
  • Theories of meaning and reference
  • Limits of the reducibility thesis
  • Measurement theories not operational definitions
  • Reliability and validity
  • Evidence in social work practice
  • 7. Weighing the Evidence
  • The problems of induction
  • Judging the probability of theories
  • Refutations: Popper's account
  • Refutations: the Bayesian account
  • Judging probability in social work practice
  • 8. The Importance of the Social Context
  • The influence of values
  • Relativists in social work
  • Kuhn's philosophy of science
  • Incommensurable language
  • Incommensurable standards
  • 9. Empirical Reflective Practice
  • Bibliography
  • Index