Theory, practice, research: Casual acquaintances or a seamless whole?

Peile C. (1994) Theory, practice, research: Casual acquaintances or a seamless whole?. Australian Social Work, 47 2: 17-23. doi:10.1080/03124079408411132

Author Peile C.
Title Theory, practice, research: Casual acquaintances or a seamless whole?
Journal name Australian Social Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1447-0748
Publication date 1994-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/03124079408411132
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 47
Issue 2
Start page 17
End page 23
Total pages 7
Language eng
Subject 3301 Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
3306 Health (social science)
3312 Sociology and Political Science
Abstract This paper challenges the positivist conception of the relationship between theory, practice and research which implicitly separates theory, practice and research even where there have been explicit attempts to achieve their integration. It will be argued that the theory, research and practice processes are inseparable and that a failure to recognise this leads to missing important elements of the inquiry process which limits and distorts the process. The more sophisticated post-positivist position which has emerged recently also fails to avoid these problems. Rather than critique the positivist position from another paradigmatic vantage point, an immanent critique is developed which reformulates the positivist approach from within its own principles. The reformulated positivism involves an explicit action and participatory orientation to the practice-theory-research process.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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