Social Work Sense and Sensibility: A Framework for Teaching an Integrated Perspective

Corey S. Shdaimah, Judith L.M. McCoyd

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The divisions between 'micro practice' and 'macro practice' are often traced to historical splits between the originating strands of the social work profession. These splits have been reified in social work education and in institutional settings that largely focus on particular aspects of practice. We argue that this split has been overly polarized and, more importantly, disregards the science and ethics of social work-what we call the sense and sensibility of the profession. Science requires that we recognize the complexity of human activity; ethics require that we alleviate individual suffering and work to attack its root causes. Social work sense and sensibility interweave expectations that practice, policy, theory and research understandings must all be informed by, and inform, ethical social work practice. This bridging framework can help educators respond to calls for connecting all levels and types of social work practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-35
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Work Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


  • Ethics and Values
  • History of Social Work
  • Reflection
  • Social Justice


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