Is the Scientific Method Adaptable to the Study of Social Work?

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  • Title: Is the Scientific Method Adaptable to the Study of Social Work?: A Focus on the Comparative Study of Cultural Differences
  • Author(s): Jinman Kyonne
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Science in Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Science in Society
  • Keywords: Scientific Method, Cultural Diversity, Comparative Study
  • Volume: 7
  • Issue: 4
  • Year: 2015
  • ISSN: 1836-6236 (Print)
  • ISSN: 1836-6244 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/1836-6236/CGP/v07i04/51459
  • Citation: Kyonne, Jinman. 2015. "Is the Scientific Method Adaptable to the Study of Social Work?: A Focus on the Comparative Study of Cultural Differences." The International Journal of Science in Society 7 (4): 1-6. doi:10.18848/1836-6236/CGP/v07i04/51459.
  • Extent: 6 pages

Abstract

A number of social work studies have focused on the qualitative and quantitative understanding of human behavior and social phenomena. In particular, in the 21st century, as the number of comparative studies in international social work has increased, it is necessary to determine if the scientific method is reasonable for studying cultural differences. However, there has been little effort in the discussion of the methodology issue in the comparative study of diverse cultures. The work reported in this study suggests that there are methodological alternatives that allow an in-depth understanding of cultural diversities by minimizing standardized measurement distortions.