A Critical Analysis on Social Work Practice Researches in Korea

한국 사회복지실천연구 경향에 관한 반성적 고찰

  • Received : 2015.06.14
  • Accepted : 2015.11.16
  • Published : 2015.11.30


The purpose of this study is to analyze the research articles on social work practice and discuss tasks of social work practice research in broadening and deepening social welfare knowledge body in Korea. First, this paper arranges critical discussion and results on social work practice research since the dawn of history in Korean social welfare research. Second, this paper examines 874 research articles published in Korean Journal of Social Welfare from the volume one in 1998 to the volume 66(4) in 2014. The appearance rate of social work practice research was 16.6%(145 articles), and empirical research in relation to social work practice was 40.5%(363 articles). Among 145 articles, 8.6% were practitioners, and the rest of them were in the position of professors. In addition, 26.2% were researches on program effectiveness, and 29.0% were researches on social worker. Third, this paper was interviewed 8 professors who majored social work practice. They evaluate the present states of social work practice research as positioning to boundary, crisis and confusion. Finally, this paper discusses the tasks of Korean social work practice research in order to more solidly develop the knowledge body of social work practice in Korea.