Towards a Comprehensive Typology of Knowledge for Social Work and Alcohol

Livingston, Wulf (2014) Towards a Comprehensive Typology of Knowledge for Social Work and Alcohol. Social Work Education: The International Journal, 33 (6). pp. 774-787. ISSN 0261-5479

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This article presents a theoretical model of knowledge acquisition by social workers with regards to alcohol, which formed the propositional element of a recently awarded doctoral thesis submission. It begins by briefly contextualising the relationship between alcohol and social work, the profession's response to the increasing sense of alcohol-related issues in workloads and calls for more effective intervention responses. In considering how this is often reflected in demands for social workers to receive more education about alcohol, it critically examines existing considerations of possible typologies of knowledge for social work, before encapsulating them within a model focusing on alcohol. The model suggests that any such typology is likely to be composed of multiple sources, including both codified and non-codified elements. It concludes by considerations of some of the implications for research approaches that could be used to gain a better understanding of these knowledge frameworks. In doing so it proposes that it is through these alternative considerations that more holistic understandings of social work knowledge will be established. Discussion of the implications of working within more inclusive knowledge frameworks, for social work education, policy, practice and research, are contained throughout the article.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Social Work, Knowledge Typology, Knowledge Acquisition, Alcohol, Ways of Learning
Divisions: Social and Life Sciences
Depositing User: Mr Stewart Milne
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2016 11:21
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2020 16:10

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