Worksheet: Dissecting a Theory and Its Application to a Case Study
Most theories can be dissected and analyzed. All theories will tell you something about
their focus or unit of analysis. A theory will identify its major or key concepts. It will also
point to the definition of the problem and its cause. This then guides how the social
worker assesses and intervenes, because the theory will also articulate the role of the
social worker and how change occurs.
Basic Assumptions of the Theory
Directions: For each section, respond in 2 to 3 sentences to the following prompts. Where relevant,
provide citations to support your claims.
Name of theory
Ecological Systems Theory
Name of theorist
What are the major assumptions of the theory?
What are the theory’s key concepts?
What is the theory’s focus or unit of analysis?