Reflectionson Empowerment-Based Practice
Author: Rose S.M.
Source: Social Work, Volume 45, Number 5, October 2000 , pp. 403-412(10)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract:ocial work education presents students with theories for understanding human beings and the social-historical contexts they share. These assumptions are supposed to make social workers' roles, practices, and agencies make sense. But where do they come from? How are the theories selected - and from among work's knowledge base. What were the knowledge requirements or factors used to select prevailing theories about human behavior and the social environment or about social work practice? What contradicts what they were taught they should be thinking? This with the author's own social work experience. The article discusses what receiving knowledge (as opposed to sharing in producing or generating it) means for a practice supposedly committed to the experiences that led to the author's work on empowerment-based what alternatives? The people or licensing bodies choosing or approving these options control knowledge and inhibit knowing beyond the parameters of what they have designated for social happens to practitioners when feelings about their work article is a reflection of formal social work learning interacting social work values of human dignity and social justice. The practice are presented and discussed. These experiences precipitated critical questioning that continues today.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2000-10-01
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