Category Archives: Epistemic fluency in professional education book

Bridging professional learning, doing and innovation through making epistemic artefacts

We added to our slideware our presentation “Bridging professional learning, doing and innovation through making epistemic artefacts”, presented last week at the Practice-Based Education Summit “Bridging Practice Spaces” at Charles Sturt University. This presentation draws on the ideas from Chapter 8: Objects, things and artefacts in professional learning and doing of the book “Epistemic Fluency and Professional Learning“. It discusses how students’ work on making various artefacts for their assessments in courses that prepare them for professional practice bridges knowledge learnt in university setting with knowledge work in workplaces.

The gist of our argument can be summarised as follows:

  1. Professional expertise is inseparable from capacities to (co-)construct epistemic environments that enhance knowledgeable actions.
  2. Such expertise is grounded in embodied, situated professional knowledge work.
  3. Much of this work is done by (co-)creating epistemic artefacts that embody actionable knowledge.
  4. Productive epistemic artefacts connect the object (‘why’ of work) and the thing (‘what’ of work) through action (‘know how’) and ways of thinking that underpin situated professional innovation (ie. epistemic fluency)

In learning, much of the value of the epistemic artefacts comes from their dual and deeply entangled nature: they are simultaneously objective and grounded in situated experiences (aka. subjective). They embody actionable knowledge, and the activity through which they are constructed embodies knowledgeable action. They are reflective and projective.
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Epistemic fluency: Chapter abstracts and keywords

We added a document with chapter abstracts and keywords on Epistemic fluency and professional education book page [PDF]. Perhaps this is the easiest way to find out what this book is about. Below are 100 most frequent words in this book.eFluency 100

Update of the text for promoting the book

Working with Springer, we’ve refined the text that will be used in promoting the book. The first three paras offer a good, reasonably concise summary of what the book aims to do.

Springer have given the go-ahead

We received confirmation today that Springer’s series editors have approved the publication of the Epistemic Fluency book and it will now move into production. We’ll provide updates on progress over the coming weeks.

Stem of the Glossary is alive

We have started to construct a Glossary of the main terms that we use in the book. We will be adding new terms and definitions gradually.