Qualitative Social
Work
& Social Work’s
Intellectual History
Jane F. Gilgun, Ph.D., LICSW
Professor, School of Social Work...
Topics
Understanding Experiences in Interactive
Contexts
Immersion
Grounded Interpretations
Emancipatory Purposes
Overview
Many intellectual histories
Jane Addams and the Chicago School
American pragmatism
Core social work values
Qualit...
Understanding Experiences
in Interactive Contexts
Verstehen
Erlibnis
Reflexivity
Interaction
Multiple perspectives
Immersion
Sustained engagement in the field
Sometimes multiple methods
Brings about in-depth
understandings of human
exper...
Grounded Interpretations
Experiences in context are primary
What does this mean?
Grounded Interpretations
Experiences in context are primary
What does this mean?
We make sense of this material through
co...
Grounded Interpretations
Experiences in context are primary
We make sense of this material through
concepts
Is this what w...
Emancipatory Work
Social work innately emancipatory
Origins of social work research were
based on values
Follow principles...
Summary & Discussion
Characteristics have a strong
philosophical base
Understanding experiences in
context
Immersion
Resea...
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Social work has a rich intellectual history that has roots in 19th century German philosophy that emphasized understanding meanings in context, immersion of researchers in social settings they want to understanding, interpretations that are based on descriptions of multiple perspectives, and emancipatory purposes. This slide show places social work in an intellectual history that is unknown to many and vibrant to this day.

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Qualitative Social Work and Social Work's Intellectual History

  1. 1. Qualitative Social Work & Social Work’s Intellectual History Jane F. Gilgun, Ph.D., LICSW Professor, School of Social Work University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA First Annual International Social Work Day Urbana, IL May 18, 2011
  2. 2. Topics Understanding Experiences in Interactive Contexts Immersion Grounded Interpretations Emancipatory Purposes
  3. 3. Overview Many intellectual histories Jane Addams and the Chicago School American pragmatism Core social work values Qualitative research delivers on this heritage
  4. 4. Understanding Experiences in Interactive Contexts Verstehen Erlibnis Reflexivity Interaction Multiple perspectives
  5. 5. Immersion Sustained engagement in the field Sometimes multiple methods Brings about in-depth understandings of human experiences in context These meanings are laden with socially constructed meanings that are subject to careful analysis
  6. 6. Grounded Interpretations Experiences in context are primary What does this mean?
  7. 7. Grounded Interpretations Experiences in context are primary What does this mean? We make sense of this material through concepts
  8. 8. Grounded Interpretations Experiences in context are primary We make sense of this material through concepts Is this what we do? Understand Describe Interpret Multiple products
  9. 9. Emancipatory Work Social work innately emancipatory Origins of social work research were based on values Follow principles of credible research Considerable variations on how we advocate
  10. 10. Summary & Discussion Characteristics have a strong philosophical base Understanding experiences in context Immersion Researcher interpretations based on descriptions Emancipatory goals
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