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This paper discusses the problem-solving theory, and illustrates how it prescribes a more holistic approach to social work and one that can be considered more dynamic. The paper provides a history of problem solving as an approach to social problems, which can be traced back to the philosophy of ancient Greece. The paper examines the problem-solving theory and emphasizes that it promotes an objective and diagnostic approach to social problems.
From the Paper:"The act of problem solving is one that is fairly intuitive, albeit effective problem solving is contingent upon a number of disparate factors. Gagne believed that "the central point of education is to teach people to think, to use their rational powers, to become better problem solvers." A pure determinist would reject the idea of teaching someone to think, as such a thing would be thought to be largely innate. The field of social work, however, is blessed with a core of professionals that balk at this determinist outlook in that it reduces their role to the one of a maintenance organization that provides those entrusted to their care with provisions."
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Problem-Solving Theory (2003, March 29) Retrieved September 28, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/essay/problem-solving-theory-22855/
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