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Researching Practice Wisdom in Social Work

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Johnson Chun-Sing Cheung

Johnson Chun-Sing Cheung, BSW, MSocSc, RSW, is a social worker and doctoral candidate. He has been involved in children, youth, and community social work for 13 years. This article represents a portion of a dissertation submitted by the author to The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in partial fulfilment of the requirement for a Degree of Doctor of Social Work. His research focuses on relationship-based practice, youth work, and practice wisdom., HK
About Johnson Chun-Sing

Johnson Chun-Sing Cheung, BSW, MSocSc, RSW, is a social worker and doctoral candidate. He has been involved in children, youth, and community social work for 13 years. This article represents a portion of a dissertation submitted by the author to The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in partial fulfilment of the requirement for a Degree of Doctor of Social Work. His research focuses on relationship-based practice, youth work, and practice wisdom.

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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.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/jsi.472
How to Cite: Cheung, J.C.-S., (2016). Researching Practice Wisdom in Social Work. Journal of Social Intervention: Theory and Practice. 25(3), pp.24–38. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/jsi.472
Published on 20 Sep 2016.
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