The language. Like memory, language is both a product and a producer of knowledge. Language is a created set of signs and symbols of meaning that exist because of the conventional agreement on that meaning. Language helps to describe what we know about the world, both for ourselves and for communicating with others. But language also has the power to shape our understanding. Language determinism speaks of how language structures limit or limit human knowledge. Knowledge, which emanates from experts and authorities, is not, however, infallible. First, there may be differences of opinion between different experts. For example, legal assistance on the different pages of a court case often expert witnesses who have diametrically opposed expertise. Jury members are then challenged to assess the qualifications of the experts in order to decide which opinion is most reliable. Second, experts and authorities are subject to the same sources of bias and restriction as any knowledge. For example, the expertise of social workers was influenced (at least in part) by the expertise of their superiors, who were influenced by the expertise of their superiors, etc.
What if the original was fake from the beginning? Or, what is more likely if this knowledge no longer applies to the current environment? In short, the belief in knowledge of authority must be mitigated by the awareness that knowledge of these sources is fallible. This chapter focuses on knowledge in social work – how professionals learn from social work what we know, and how to use that knowledge to inform practice. Reflecting on what we know and how to know it is essential to understanding the values, beliefs and practices of social work. This involves critical reflection on the sources and types of knowledge on which social workers rely and the implications of these different sources and types of knowledge. Knowledge of the procedure. Objective approaches are applied to the process of acquiring, developing and transmitting procedural knowledge. In other words, careful observation and critical analysis are necessary. Knowledge may come from several external sources, but only after careful internal critical analysis of the arguments provided by these sources.
There is the awareness that others and this can be wrong, and an attempt to eliminate the effects of emotions from the process of objective analysis. As you can see, the scientific process can encompass several sources of knowledge that we discussed in this module, and it allows for different methods of investigation, depending on the nature of the research questions asked.