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Question: EK310 TMA06 88%

Critically consider the argument for and against social work practice being based on research evidence. To what extent might this undermine social workers’ discretion to select and apply theories? Answer with reference to the Department of Health’s guidance on assessing children in need.

Answer: INTRODUCTION


In writing critically for the argument for and against social work practice being based on research evidence, there is a need to identify the conceptual entities making up research evidence. It is quite a topic that covers quite a wide range of issues in social work.

The essay is approached by examining the nature of research-evidence, the question of what is evidence, its components and the relationship between these components, together with extraneous variable such as politics, ethics which influence evidence, will be addressed in the essay.

Main arguments for and against social work practice being based on research evidence will be presented including the argument in support of the view that the choice of theory is greatly limited for evidential practitioners who are interested in objective measurable replicable, validity oriented social work practice. All t...(short extract)

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  • Subject: Education
  • Course: EK310
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 88%
  • Words: 4270
  • Date submitted: January 09, 2009
  • Date written: July, 2004
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 60

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