Tacit Knowledge in Professional Practice: Researcher and Practitioner Perspectives

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When professionals reflect on their work, they often speak of "learning by doing" or of using professional "instinct" or "intuition." Social and behavioral scientists characterize these phenomena as "implicit learning" and using "tacit knowledge." This volume explores learning and professional practice in several interestingly different disciplines from the perspectives of both the insiders who populate these workplaces and the social scientists who are interested in their work for more theoretical reasons. The book thus includes not only critical workplace experiences but also an understanding of the psychological mechanisms that underlie learning from experience in professional disciplines. It will be valuable to theoretical and applied psychologists, particularly those interested in professional education and training.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805824360
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents: J.A. Horvath, Preface: Tacit Knowledge in the Profession. Part I:Law. G. Marchant, J. Robinson, Is Knowing the Tax Code All It Takes to Be a Tax Expert? On the Development of Legal Expertise. E.B. Spaeth, Jr., What a Lawyer Needs to Learn. Part II:Military Command. J.A. Horvath, G.B. Forsythe, R.C. Bullis, P.J. Sweeney, W.M. Williams, J.A. McNally, J.A. Wattendorf, R.J. Sternberg, Experience, Knowledge, and Military Leadership. W.F. Ulmer, Jr., Military Learnings: A Practitioner's Perspective. Part III:Medicine. V.L. Patel, J.F. Arocha, D.R. Kaufman, Expertise and Tacit Knowledge in Medicine. J.J. Cimino, Development of Expertise in Medical Practice. Part IV:Management. C. Argyris, Tacit Knowledge in Management. N.G. Hatsopoulos, G.N. Hatsopoulos, The Role of Tacit Knowledge in Management. Part V:Sales. R.K. Wagner, H. Sujan, M. Sujan, C.A. Rashotte, R.J. Sternberg, Tacit Knowledge in Sales. S. Gregory, Tacit Knowledge in Sales: A Practitioner's Perspective. Part VI:Teaching. B. Torff, Tacit Knowledge in Teaching: Folk Pedagogy and Teacher Education. J. Minstrell, Expertise in Teaching. R.J. Sternberg, Epilogue—What Do We Know About Tacit Knowledge? Making the Tacit Become Explicit.

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