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Ian Shaw

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231166409

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231166409.001.0001

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Technology and Social Work

Technology and Social Work

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(p.99) [4] Technology and Social Work
Source:
Social Work Science
Author(s):

Ian Shaw

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231166409.003.0004

Here I start from the previous chapter’s attention to social work science and history and move from a wide-angle view to look at specific issues and challenges for social work. A brief excursion regarding the term “technology” will lead us into arguments for and more often against the nature and consequences of what is typically seen as a growing role for technology. The focus then moves to the relationship of technology to society as a whole, to science in general, and to professional knowledge and practice. The later portions of the chapter explore a series of questions central to technology in social work. How straightforward is it to interpret evidence from technology? How might a distinction between experiments and demonstrations inform social work thinking and practice? Has the expansion of technology enhanced the possibility of collaboration in social work science? What future issues face social work technology?

Keywords:   Technology, Globalization, Science, Professional Knowledge, Participatory, Practice, Demonstrations

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