Problem Solving in Social Work Practice: Implications for Knowledge Utilization

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An examination of the way in which social workers use knowledge suggests an instrumental approach to knowledge use. This approach has important implications for moving the profession toward greater accountability in the practice of social work. Unless educators can motivate practitioners to change the way in which they ask questions and make predictions, it is unlikely that practitioners will use scientific information in their problem-solving processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)306-318
Number of pages13
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)


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