CitationSmith, Aaron P. B. . “Redeeming the Rejected: Curious George and Evidence-Based Approaches.” Qualitative Social Work 15, no. 5-6 (2016): 671-681. (DOI: 10.1177/1473325016652675)
AbstractThe author’s recent participation in a doctoral course on epistemology and the nature of social work knowledge produced an inner struggle regarding the validity of positivist and evidence-based approaches to social work practice and research. This article seeks to share some of this struggle as many social workers, students, and researchers have and continue to encounter debates regarding the use of evidence-based approaches in social work practice and research. The dichotomous nature these debates often take has often resulted in the exclusive embracing, defending and perpetuation of evidence-based approaches or the complete rejection and discarding of such approaches. The
author suggests in this article that social workers, researchers, and academics consider an alternative approach to the debate.
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