Researching Practice Wisdom in Social Work



Researching practice wisdom in social work
Social workers, as skilled helpers who make professional decisions using intuitive actions rather than by following defined rules, deserve better recognition for their practice wisdom. However, since there is a tendency amongst practitioners who adhere to the evidence-based paradigm to disregard practitioners’ knowledge, empirical research on practice wisdom in social work needs to be encouraged. The author argues that the lack of a sound methodology hinders the development of such an invaluable asset for practitioners. It is suggested that a heuristic paradigm that embraces the concepts of tacit knowing, intuition and indwelling will provide a way forward towards recognizing the importance of social workers’ practice wisdom.


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  • Year: 2016
  • Volume: 25 Issue: 3
  • Page/Article: 24-38
  • DOI: 10.18352/jsi.472
  • Published on 20 Sep 2016
  • Peer Reviewed