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John S. Brekke and Jeane W. Anastas

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190880668

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190880668.001.0001

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Social Work Science in the Context of Social Work Ideas

Social Work Science in the Context of Social Work Ideas

Social Work Science and Grand Challenges

(p.68) Chapter 5 Social Work Science in the Context of Social Work Ideas
Shaping a Science of Social Work

Rowena Fong

Edwina Uehara

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the evolution of social work science in relationship to the development of the Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative. The two initiatives, which took root in the field in close to the same period, created a mutually supportive, synergistic environment that benefitted both. Social work science, grounded in critical realism, embraces methodological approaches supportive of the fundamental principles of the social work profession and contributes to both the scientific identity needed for the stewards of the profession of social work and the scientific pipeline for the Grand Challenges for Social Work. An initiative of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, the Grand Challenges for Social Work delineate bold innovations and collective action powered by proven and evolving scientific interventions to address critical social issues facing society today. This chapter discusses how this work helps to both develop and derive support from social work science.

Keywords:   Grand Challenges for Social Work, scientific identity, bold innovations, collective action, boundary object

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