A summary of the key ideas in the book "Epistemic fluency in higher education".
Based on the seminar: Epistemic fluency in higher education: bridging actionable knowledgeable and knowledgeable action"
15 November 2016 16:30
Seminar Room G
Speaker: Lina Markauskaite, Associate Professor, Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation, University of Sydney
Conveners: Dr Ian Thompson and Professor Harry Daniels, OSAT
What does it take to be a productive member of a multidisciplinary team working on a complex problem? How do people get better at these things? How can researchers get deeper insight in these valued capacities; and how can teachers help students develop them? Working on real-world professional problems usually requires the combination of different kinds of specialised and context-dependent knowledge, as well as different ways of knowing. People who are flexible and adept with respect to different ways of knowing about the world can be said to possess epistemic fluency.
Drawing upon and extending the notion of epistemic fluency, in this research seminar, I will present some key ideas that we developed studying how university teachers teach and students learn complex professional knowledge and skills. Our account combines grounded and enacted cognition with sociocultural and material perspectives of human knowing and focus on capacities that underpin knowledgeable action and innovative professional work. In this seminar, I will discuss critical roles of grounded conceptual knowledge, ability to embrace professional materially-grounded ways of knowing and students’ capacities to construct their epistemic environments.