INTRODUCTION. Chapter 1. RESEARCH AND ACCOUNTABILITY. Two major organizations The Council on Social Work Education BSW Curriculum Content MSW Curriculum Content The National Association of Social Workers. The Council on Social Work Education. CSWE Website http://www.cswe.org/
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“Most people learn about the ‘scientific method’ rather than about the scientific attitude. While the ‘scientific method’ is an ideal construct, the scientific attitude is the way people have of looking at the world. Doing science includes many methods: what makes them scientific is their acceptance by the scientific collective.’
The goal of pure research studies is to develop theory and expand the social work knowledge base.
Produces theoretical results
The goal of applied studies is to develop solutions for problems and applications in practice.
Produces practical results.PURE AND APPLIEDRESEARCH STUDIES
“A systematic and objective inquiry that utilizes the research method to solve human problems and creates new knowledge that is generally applicable.”
“If research is to be used to full advantage to advance the goals of social work, the profession needs to develop a climate in which both doing and consuming research are normal professional activities.… an ability to carry out studies at some level and the facility in using scientifically based knowledge should be an integral part of the skills that social workers have and use.” ~ (Reid & Smith, 1989)