Problem-Solving Theory Essay by RightRiters

Problem-Solving Theory
An analysis of the problem-solving theory and its contribution to the social work profession.
# 22855 | 1,942 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Mar 29, 2003 in Psychology (Social) , Philosophy (Logic) , Sociology (Social Work)

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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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