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Knowledge paradigms and evidence for critical social work practice: YP4 as an example of mixed methods critical social research

Grace, Marty (2007) Knowledge paradigms and evidence for critical social work practice: YP4 as an example of mixed methods critical social research. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education , 9 (1). pp. 16-26. ISSN 1329-0584

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Abstract

Social work and welfare education plays an important role in preparing students for critical assessment of evidence and knowledge claims. Just as academics and practitioners develop preferences for particular theory and practice paradigms, they also have assess to differing research paradigms. Unfortunately, 'qualitative' and 'quantitative' are often used as shorthand for research paradigms. The YP4 Outcome Evaluation is an example of a randomised controlled trial that is being conducted within a critical rather than a positivist paradigm. I propose that an evidence-based practice model may be expanded and enriched to include research, reflection and theory as credible evidence for practice. We need this rich evidence for advocacy work to change social policy and bring better services to the people we serve.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID13967. research paradigms, social work, social theory
Subjects: RFCD Classification > 360000 Policy and Political Science
RFCD Classification > 370000 Studies in Human Society
FOR Classification > 1607 Social Work
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
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Depositing User: Ms Sandra Zlatanovski
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2009 01:36
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2013 16:13
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/1862
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