Essay Examination #1 for Family Dynamics
Instructor: D. D. Witt, Ph.D.
Your final draft of each essay should be typed and double spaced. Each question should be answered concisely and thoroughly.
Read the questions carefully before beginning a thorough outline of each part (include your outline with your final draft).
Finally, flesh out your answers in a critical, reflective form.

Keep in mind that you have only four essays for the entire course.
As graduate students, you should be able to draw in concepts from your previous classes and training.
You should be able to answer each question satisfactorily in about 1000 words.
If you get stuck ask questions of the instructor in class.
Due dates for each question are listed in the course outline.

Essay #1
1. Describe your own position on the usefulness of theory.
a. Briefly compare the purpose of theory in social science with its purpose in the helping professions.
b. Describe how theory-based research might serve applications, such as family therapy, social work, education, and/or service work?
c. Give examples from your own work or theory based research that you feel should be undertaken?

Prepare your answer in MSWord format and submit through the Dropbox function on the Springboard system.