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The Scientific Practice of Professional Psychology By Steven J. Trierweiler

The Scientific Practice of Professional Psychology by Steven J. Trierweiler

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Contrary to forces in psychology that promote uncritical acceptance of science as given by academic researchers or, alternatively, that encourage criticism and ultimate disregard of the scientific endeavor, we call for a redoubling of efforts to incorporate scientific thought into practical professional inquiry.

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The Scientific Practice of Professional Psychology Summary

The Scientific Practice of Professional Psychology by Steven J. Trierweiler

A workable vision of scientific practice has proven to be an elusive, if laudable, goal for professional psychology. The field cannot be faulted for failing to seek scientific wisdom, but it has been slow to integrate that wisdom fully with the wisdom of practice. This has proven to be a major oversight for, despite psychology's long if the standing commitment to science, practitioners are unlikely to think scientifically methods and products of science are described in ways that make it impossible to do so. Unfortunately, the rhetoric of science too often has done just that: So focused has it been on the problem of distinguishing good science from bad that it has inadvertently defeated any hope of a practical science developing in our field. We offer one remedy for this situation: This book is about scientific thinking for the professional psychologist. Specifically, it is a primer on the application of scientific logic to professional practice. We argue that the professional needs a more straightforward and realistic scientific identity than heretofore has been available. The professional consciously must become a local clinical scientist, bringing all the power of scientific thought to the specifics of the clinical situation. Contrary to forces in psychology that promote uncritical acceptance of science as given by academic researchers or, alternatively, that encourage criticism and ultimate disregard of the scientific endeavor, we call for a redoubling of efforts to incorporate scientific thought into practical professional inquiry.

The Scientific Practice of Professional Psychology Reviews

`Well written, valuable, and provocative...The emphasis on nonpositivist scientific approaches, including qualitative methods, critical thinking and logic, and framework development is particularly valuable.'
Choice, June 1998

Table of Contents

The History of Scientific Research Training and the Local Clinical Scientist: The Problem of Integrating Science and Practice. The Local Clinical Scientist. Extrapolations to Local Science from Traditional Science and Scholarship: Issues in the Philosophy of Science. Issues in Research Design. Issues in Quantitative Analysis: Foundations. Linking Theory and Data in the Scientific Study of Constructs and Individual Measurements. Extrapolations to Local Science from Nontraditional Science and Scholarship: Issues in Qualitative Analysis. Logic, Critical Thinking, and the Local Clinical Scientist. Frameworks for Reflective Practice. Conclusion. Index.

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NLS9781489919465
9781489919465
1489919465
The Scientific Practice of Professional Psychology by Steven J. Trierweiler
New
Paperback
Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
2013-05-24
312
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