This paper critically examines the definitions and criteria for rationality in social work in light of western philosophic tradition. Rationality in social work is seen as instrumental (means-oriented) and individualistic rather than substantive (ends-oriented) and social. A set of criteria which expand the basis for making rationality claims in social work is suggested. These additional criteria aim to serve the valued social justice ends of social work practice.
Gottschalk and Witkin, Stanley L.
"Rationality in Social Work: A Critical Examination,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 18
, Article 9.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol18/iss4/9