Epistemic Fluency and Professional Education
This book, by combing sociocultural, material, cognitive and embodied perspectives of human knowing, offers a new and powerful conceptualisation of professional epistemic fluency – a capacity that underpins professional knowledgeable action and innovation. Using results from empirical studies it sheds light on practical ways in which the development of epistemic fluency can be recognised and supported - in higher education and in the transition to work.People who are flexible in respect to different ways of knowing can be said to possessepistemic fluency – they are adept to combine different kinds of specialised and context-dependent knowledge and enact their knowing in solving problems encountered in the world.What does it take to be a productive member of a multidisciplinary team working on a complex problem? What enables a person to integrate different types and fields of knowledge, indeed different ways of knowing, in order to make some well-founded decisions and take actions in the world? What personal knowledge resources are entailed in analysing a problem and describing an innovative solution, such that the innovation can be shared in an organization or professional community? How do people get better at these things; and how can teachers in higher education help students develop these valued capacities? The answers to these questions are central to a thorough understanding of what it means to become an effective knowledge worker and resourceful professional.
Synthesises recent research into the nature of professional learning and knowing
Reconceptualises professional capacities entailed in working in dynamic multi-professional workplace settings
Presents a new account of the nature and role of epistemic fluency