Development ecology in German social work

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Development ecology in German social work
Author(s) Christensen, Jonas
Date 2010
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This study highlights how a profession acquires knowledge in the context of the German welfare state. This is achieved by studying the organisation, transformation and sphere of influence of social work in Germany. The theoretic frame of reference is provided by a modification of Bronfenbrenner’s model of developmental ecology. If we view Social work as an action-oriented discipline, then both action and intervention are essential elements. Social work can thus be said to contain five different levels of intervention. This study is focusing the meso-social level and the exo-social level. The main result of this article leads us to a paradox and a professional dilemma. The social worker’s freedom and power within their own profession, a professional empowerment, can be said to be more conditional, where, whilst creativity has been stimulated, these are acceptable only within the boundaries defined by the newly created civil structures and interest groups. Key Words: developmental ecology, knowledge acquisition, social work, sphere of influence, transformation
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Publisher FESET
Host/Issue European Journal of Social Education;18/19
Volume 11
ISSN 1810-4789
Pages 99-111
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) developmental ecology
knowledge acquisition
social work
sphere of influence
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Education::International education
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