Journal Article

Assessment and Social Construction: Conflict or Co-Creation?

Roberta Rehner Iversen, Kenneth J. Gergen and Robert P. Fairbanks

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 35, issue 5, pages 689-708
Published in print July 2005 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online May 2005 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
Assessment and Social Construction: Conflict or Co-Creation?

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Assessment procedures in social work emerged within the historical context of modernist empiricism. They are lodged in assumptions of objectivity, measurement accuracy, value neutrality and scientific expertise. Within the context of postmodern constructionism, the grounds for traditional assessment are thrown into question. While such critique may seem to threaten the assessment tradition, such a conclusion is unwarranted. Rather, one may locate within the assessment tradition and constructionist writings converging lines of thought. Through the collaborative extension of two assessment exemplars—the genogram and the ecomap—we suggest new and more promising potentials for assessment practices in social work.

Keywords: Assessment; postmodern; social construction; genogram; ecomap

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Subjects: Social Work

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