The study of social worker's conception on the relations of theory and practice in organizational context

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The study of social worker's conception on the relations of theory and practice in organizational context

 

Author: Chan, Ko-ling Edward
Title: The study of social worker's conception on the relations of theory and practice in organizational context
Degree: M.A.
Year: 1996
Subject: Social service
Social workers
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Dept. of Applied Social Studies
Pages: iii, 101, ii leaves : ill. ; 31 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1230704
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/5035
Abstract: The research is conducted at the time when social work strives for professionalization in Hong Kong. The relations of theory and practice is the central theme for professionalization of social work. From the literature review, it is found that the relations of theory and practice is influenced by the factors: person, client and agency. In Hong Kong, there is only a few local empirical studies on the theory and practice and there is no research on the topic studied in the agency context. Thus the research is conducted to study the relations of theory and practice in agency context. The research is an exploratory study. By using qualitative method, eight social workers from a non-governmental organization are selected for in-depth interviews From the findings, a framework of understanding the relations of theory and practice in agency context is developed. The interactive nature of theory and practice is identified. Such relation of theory and practice is found to be influenced by person, client and agency. More important, agency and person are found to be an active agent for relating theory and practice. Implications have been made to emphasize the needs for developing personalized approach to theory and practice. Knowledge building and learning in agency context are discussed. Some suggestions have been made on the cultivation of supportive agency environment, developing supervision and staff development, and developing continued education in organization. Recommendations for future research are made to make comparison on cross-agencies analysis. The client as a factor to influence the knowledge building is found to be significant that it should be studied in future research.

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