Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2016 Archive

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Epistemic fluency in higher education


11 August 2016

A Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation seminar.

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? How do people become better at these things? How can researchers gain deeper insight in these valued capacities; and how can teachers help students develop them?

Working on real-world 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 seminar the presenters outline key ideas they have developed while studying how university teachers teach and students learn complex professional knowledge and skills. Their account combines grounded and enacted cognition with sociomaterial perspectives of human knowing, and focuses on capacities that underpin knowledgeable action and innovative work. This seminar will discuss the critical role of grounded conceptual knowledge; the ability to embrace professional materially-grounded ways of knowing; and students’ capacities to construct their epistemic environments. These and other ideas are elaborated the presenters' recently published book, Epistemic fluency and professional education: innovation, knowledgeable action and actionable knowledge (2016, Springer).

This seminar will not be available online or recorded.

Event details

  • When: 11.30am–1pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
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  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: Not necessary

  • Contact: Sadhbh Warren
    T: +61 9351 2612

  • More info: Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch to eat during the event.

  • Speakers: Lina Markauskaite is an associate professor in the Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation (CRLI) at the University of Sydney. Lina has been conducting studies in the areas of technology-enhanced teaching and learning, professional knowledge and methodological innovation since the mid-1990s. She has published more than 80 refereed papers and an edited book. Her most recent work spans two related areas. Her primary area is concerned with understanding the nature of capabilities involved in complex inter-professional knowledge work and learning. Her formulated theoretical accounts of professional knowing bring into a single framework insights from psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, design, linguistic, organisational studies and science and technology studies (STS). The second research area is emerging interdisciplinary research methods.

    Peter Goodyear is professor of education and Australian Laureate Fellow at the University of Sydney in Australia. He is the founding codirector Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation, a multi faculty centre involving more than 100 academic staff and PhD students. He has been carrying out research in the field of learning, technology and higher education since the early 1980s. Peter’s research focuses on networked learning, the nature of professionals’ ‘working knowledge’ and complexity in educational design. He has published nine books and more than 100 journal articles and book chapters.

Epistemic fluency in higher education: teaching and learning for knowledgeable action and innovation

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.


10 August 2016

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