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What else counts as evidence in evidence-based social work?

Humphries, Elizabeth (2003) What else counts as evidence in evidence-based social work? Social Work Education, 22 (1). pp. 81-91. ISSN 1470-1227

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Abstract

It has been argued in a number of publications in the social work field that the current preoccupation with evidence-based practice is problematic, in that it offers a restricted and sometimes inappropriate understanding of the fundamentals of research in the social sciences. As a result social work and social care are at risk of deprivation of appropriate knowledge to inform practice. This article takes up this critique, in particular pointing out that the tendency for the debate to be reduced to one of competing (qualitative and quantitative) research methods is unhelpful. The issue is an epistemological one about the nature of knowledge and the authority of 'knowers'. The article gives examples of participatory approaches to research that start from a valuing of a range of kinds of knowledge. This opens the way for both quantitative and qualitative methods to have a place in social work research and social work education.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Social Work Education
Uncontrolled Keywords: Evidence-based practice ; 'What works' ; Positivism ; Participatory research.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
ID Code: 11507
Deposited By: Mrs Yaling Zhang
Deposited On: 28 Aug 2008 15:11
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 16:04
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/11507

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