Social Work Practice: Theoretical Base
- Jerry FloerschJerry FloerschSchool of Social Work, Rutgers University
- and Jeffrey LonghoferJeffrey LonghoferRutgers The State University of New Jersey
A broad examination of the role of theory in social work practice requires answers three related questions: What is theory? What is practice? What is the role of theory in practice? In answering the first question, it is useful to examine the etymology of the word theory, identify its various meanings, and specify which meanings are relevant to a discussion of the role of theory in practice. Additionally, it is useful to understand the philosophical assumptions that inevitably influence the process of theory building and application.