Tapping Tacit Knowledge

Somewhere or other, I have this great quote about how we don’t know what we know until we’re asked to use what we know.

This is actually one of the great challenges of teaching, tapping that tacit knowledge. We ask what a student knows, the students spouts back maybe a tenth of what he or she actually knows on that topic. We give them a practical exercise, and suddenly they know a lot more.

I’m still combing through all of the links, but I think this article addresses some of the concerns in tacit knowledge and its tacit uses. It’s a tricky subject, sure, but then again aren’t most topics in education a bit sticky? It’s hard to quantify what we do.


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