discuss the strengths and limitations of different ontological approaches.
The epistemological paradigms are the underpinnings of the future research you will conduct. For example, if you conduct a quantitative study, its main underpinning will be logical positivism or empiricism. And if you conduct a qualitative study, the main underpinning will be interpretivism or positivism. Epistemology is the foundation for social work practice, policy, and social problems.
In this Discussion, you will identify a social problem, review initial literature, and discuss the strengths and limitations of different ontological approaches.
Review the article by Garrow & Hasenfeld in the Learning Resources.
By Day 4
Post a response to the following:
In 1 sentence, identify the social problem you will examine in depth in this course. Ideally, this should be the social problem underlying your potential capstone or dissertation research topic.
In 3–4 sentences, using literature, define the social problem and its place within the context of the greater mission of the social work profession.
In 4–5 sentences, for the social problem you identified:
If using an objectivist approach to the social problem, analyze its ontological assumption.
If using a subjectivist approach, analyze its ontological assumption.
In 2–3 sentences, describe the strengths and limitations of using each approach—objectivist and subjectivist—when researching social problems.