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Allan Hugh Cole Jr.

Online publication date:
Jun 2013
This entry discusses principal ways in which knowledge and knowing have been understood within philosophy, science, and social science, with implications for contemporary social work ... More

Evidence-Informed Social Work Practice  

S. J. Dodd and Andrea Savage

Evidence-informed practice (EIP) is a model that incorporates best available research evidence; client’s needs, values, and preferences; practitioner wisdom; and theory into the clinical ... More


David P. Moxley

Interdisciplinarity links social work to other disciplines within complex domains of practice. Contrasted with multidisciplinary practice, in which social workers practice alongside other ... More

Oncology Social Work Research  

Julianne S. Oktay and Bradley Zebrack

Oncology social work researchers have made (and continue to make) important contributions to the knowledge base that supports the profession. This article discusses the profession of ... More

Social Work and Coercion  

Tomi Gomory and Daniel Dunleavy

Social work is perhaps most distinctive for its clear and outspoken commitment toward improving the well-being of society’s vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, while still emphasizing the ... More

Social Work Education: Doctoral  

James E. Lubben

Online publication date:
Jun 2013
Social work doctoral education in the U.S. commenced almost 100 years ago. Although initial growth was slow, the number of universities offering doctoral degrees in social work has rapidly ... More

Social Work Education: Research  

David E. Biegel and Susan Yoon

Online publication date:
Jun 2013
Research education at the bachelor’s and master’s levels has attempted to address concerns related to students’ purported lack of interest in research courses and graduates’ failure to ... More

Social Work Profession: Workforce  

Toby Weismiller and Tracy Whitaker

Online publication date:
Jun 2013
A profession’s ability to identify and predict its workforce capacity depends largely upon its understanding of labor-market trends and emerging service-delivery systems. Concerns about ... More

The Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work  

Elizabeth Lightfoot and Raiza Beltran

Online publication date:
Mar 2018
The Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work (GADE) is the social work organization committed to promoting rigor in North American social work and social welfare ... More