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Apply the steps of both Rational Problem Solving and Social Thinking to a current social problem.
Having contemplated these steps for the effects of racism on African American neighborhoods, choose another issue that places vulnerable families and communities at risk.
Trace behavioral problems like violence against Native American women, or low academic achievement related to contaminated drinking water back to their sources in organizational, institutional or systemic deviance.
After introducing the problem using current statistics and analysis of root causes, follow the format we used for Rational Problem Solving and Social Thinking and answer all prompts.
At the appropriate place, insert a Force Field Analysis for two alternative plans to address the problem.
Estimate the weights of each driving and restraining force, calculate the overall power and direction, and explain why you are choosing one alternative over the other. Conclude with a discussion of how you see RPS and Social Thinking complementing each other in working toward solutions to this problem.
1] Analysis of social problem – Using current statistics and sources, explain how the problem is rooted in systemic deviance from social goods.Analyzes clearly with abundant evidence how the problem is rooted in systemic deviance from social goods.
2] RPS approach – identify the goals, objectives, tasks, tactics, targets and strategy you will use, as well as how you will evaluate your success.Using all steps of RPS, identifies the goals, objectives, tasks, tactics, targets, strategy and evaluation methods you will use.
3] Force Field Analyses – Using the textbook example on page 117, make a chart for two different solutions and compare their relative advantages from qualitative and values-based perspectives. Creates a chart for two solutions with logic-based forces and strengths; very thoughtfully compares their relative advantages from quantitative and values-based perspectives.
Brueggemann, W. (2014). The Practice of Macro Social Work. (4th ed.) Brooks/Cole. (pg 117 ) Chapter 4: Conventional and Social Problems
Chapter 5: Solving Problems and Making Social Change
Coates, T. (2014, June). The case for reparations. The Atlantic Magazine. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/06/the-case-for-reparations/361631/
Davies, E. & Sonmez, F. (2019, June 19). Black writers, activists, scholars testify before House panel on the role of reparations. The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-panel-holds-hearing-on-reparations-for-slavery/2019/06/19/b62d708a-92a8-11e9-aadb-74e6b2b46f6a_story.html
4] Social Thinking approach- Imagine you are leading a task group and design Open-Ended Questions to heighten dissonance and elicit responses. Creates fitting open-ended questions and other forms of team facilitation for all prompts (dissonance, feelings, values, cognition, information, reflection, action, and review). 5] Conclusion – Discuss how you will integrate the strengths of RPS and Social Thinking to optimize results while empowering the community. Integrates the strengths of RPS and Social Thinking to optimize results while clearly empowering the community.
Your force field analysis charts should be integrated into the paper using Word document tools. For the RPS and Social Thinking sections, use these prompts:
Rational Problem Solving
Decide on a goal or target:
Gather information about the problem:
Generate alternative solutions:
Assess and compare alternatives: (Force Field Analyses go here)
Choose the best solution:
Develop a strategy or plan of action:
Implement the strategy:
Evaluate the results:
Social Thinking
Eliciting cognitive dissonance:
Accessing feelings:
Engaging values:
Stimulating cognition:
Obtaining information:
Internal reflection:
Use imagination to envision:
Move to action:
Closing the Circle:
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