Paradigm Analysis Paper, Human behavior and social environment

ASSIGNMENT #1: PARADIGM ANALYSIS PAPER. It is difficult for a social worker, regardless of content expertise, specialization, or field
experience, to be optimally effective without continuing to grow and understand her/his
values, beliefs, assumptions, and prejudices that may influence their “use of self” as a
practitioner. Thus, students are required in this seven (7) page paper to conduct an analysis of
the dimensions that make up their paradigm (world view) that may influence their professional
“use of self” as social work practitioners. Specifically, students are required to demonstrate an
understanding of the basic concept of a paradigm, the dimensions of traditional and alternative
paradigms that are related to their “use of self” as a social work practitioner. Therefore,
students are required to answer the questions below to assess the achievement this specific
learning outcome:
1. Please discuss your understanding of the concept of a paradigm and provide
examples.
2. Please draw on information from your liberal arts education and experiences in your
life to describe and provide examples of how at least three dimensions of the
traditional or dominant paradigms may have most influenced your perception of the
social environments that make up your world.
3. Please draw on information from your liberal arts education and experiences in your
life to describe and provide examples of how at least three dimensions of the
alternative or possible paradigms may have most influenced your perception of the
social environments that make up your world.
4. Please describe how the dimensions of your paradigm are compatible with the ethical
values of social work.
5. Please describe how the dimensions of your paradigm influence your professional
“use of self” with historically underserved and marginalized populations

Paradigm Analysis Paper, Human behavior and social environment

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