The SAGE Handbook of Social Constructionist Practice is the first major survey of innovations in professional practice emerging from a social constructionist orientation to social science. This key perspective has been unique in its stimulation of pioneering practices over a broad number of professions. This volume offers insights into the latest developments in theory, showcases the range and variations in practical outcomes, while pointing to emerging directions of development. The Handbook focuses on hands-on practices, while offering the theoretical tools for further enriching their application. The authors are leading figures in their fields, including organizational development, therapy, healthcare, education, research, and community building. The volume will be particularly useful for students, scholars, professional practitioners, and change makers from across the globe. PART ONE: Introduction; PART TWO: Research Practices; PART THREE: Practices in Therapeutic Professions; PART FOUR: Practices in Organizational Development; PART FIVE: Practices in Education; PART SIX: Practices in Healthcare; and PART SEVEN: Community Practices.

Practices of Inquiry: Invitation to Innovation

Practices of Inquiry: Invitation to Innovation

Practices of inquiry: invitation to innovation
Mary Gergen

With the emergence of the social sciences in the early twentieth century, debates on the nature of research were active and ubiquitous. However, somewhere toward the mid-twentieth century, such controversy was largely replaced by convergence. More specifically, for many social scientists there was much to be gained by embracing what appeared to be philosophic foundations for a unified science. By identifying themselves with the assumptions of logical positivist philosophy, the social sciences would be placed on an equal footing with such widely respected sciences as physics, chemistry, and biology. At the same time, in the process of embracing a positivist conception of research, there was a radical ...

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