The Tacit Knowledge Challenge for Global CTE/TVET
What makes CTE/TVET distinctive is the value it attaches to practical knowledge, and especially forms of such knowledge that may defy articulation and need to be communicated by demonstration or practice. In a study of how knowledge is transferred in nuclear power plants, Hytinen (2004) explains that “knowledge has also a tacit element, which is the know-how of individuals including mental models, crafts, skills, intuitions, hunches and feelings which may be very difficult or even impossible to articulate”. How can such knowledge be passed on? We are seeing in the workplace of today, especially in the work of Nonaka, that tacit skills are being accorded the highest value. This presentation explores issues, and opportunities that the inculcation of tacit knowledge presents globally to those involved in education for work.
Sylvia Cheuy, a consulting director from the Tamarack Institute, kicked off the 4th annual UW-Stout CTE Summit. The theme for 2019 was Opportunities in CTE Through Collective Impact: Understand the power of together. Recognizing that many stakeholders engage in work which is critical to workforce development, the focus was on collective impact; specifically, community building, sharing resources, systems change and collaboration. Following the keynote, Sylvia facilitated a panel consisting of individuals from various sectors engaging in collective impact work. From there, participants had opportunities to share ideas, learn and network with other professionals engaged in workforce development. The event wrapped up with a group discussion facilitated by Deanna Schultz, Director of the Emerging Center for CTE Excellence.