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Tacit knowledge in online learning: community, identity, and social capital

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2013
<mark>Journal</mark>Technology, Pedagogy and Education
Issue number1
Volume22
Number of pages16
Pages (from-to)21-36
Publication statusPublished
Early online date26/09/12
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This article discusses the possibilities that tacit knowledge could provide for social constructivist pedagogies; in particular, pedagogies for online learning. Arguing that the tacit dimension of knowledge is critical for meaning making in situated learning practices and for a community of practice to function, the article considers whether individuals’ online identities can be employed as a way to reveal their tacit knowledge. Furthering the discussion, the article analyses tacit knowledge within a community and suggests that social capital theory could productively be employed for utilising tacit knowledge within any given online learning community.