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ERIC Number: EJ871520
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 95
ISSN: ISSN-1043-7797
Limitations of Evidence-Based Practice for Social Work Education: Unpacking the Complexity
Adams, Kathryn Betts; Matto, Holly C.; LeCroy, Craig Winston
Journal of Social Work Education, v45 n2 p165-186 Spr-Sum 2009
Although some academic scholars have called for adoption of evidence-based practice (EBP) as a unifying model for social work education and practice, controversies with the EBP approach for the social work profession still need to be examined. Some of the limitations of EBP to be recognized and addressed before recommending broad changes within social work education are described. Conceptual and definitional limitations include following a medical model, privileging certain types of evidence, and downplaying the importance of theory. Implementation and feasibility limitations include sorting the complexity of research information and providing necessary practice grounding and supervision to facilitate knowledge application. Dialogue on the role of EBP in social work education must continue.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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