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‘Tacit pedagogy’ and ‘entanglement’: practice-based learning and innovation

Derrick, J; (2020) ‘Tacit pedagogy’ and ‘entanglement’: practice-based learning and innovation. Journal of Workplace Learning , 32 (4) pp. 273-284. 10.1108/JWL-07-2019-0094. Green open access

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Purpose: This paper argues that the informal dimensions of practice are critical for understanding workplace learning and innovation, but have been under-theorised and under-researched. This paper aims to build on the thinking of Ellström (2010), Billett (2012) and Guile (2014) to account for the emergence of innovation through practice, and propose two new concepts for improving our understanding of innovation as process: “tacit pedagogy” and “entanglement”. This argument is evidenced through a recent study of team-working in a high-profile engineering company. Design/methodology/approach: Qualitative interview data was collected on the informal features of organisational culture and work processes supporting innovation, and how these features intersect and interrelate with the formal features and procedures of the organisation. Findings: Three generic modes of team-working practice are identified which, it is suggested, are likely to be associated with innovatory working, and are observable practices available to future researchers. Practical implications: Productive approaches to the organisation of work processes so as to enhance practitioner learning and the potential for innovation are evidenced and evaluated. Originality/value: The concepts “tacit pedagogy” and “entanglement”, intended to improve theoretical understanding of learning and innovation through practice, are introduced.

Type: Article
Title: ‘Tacit pedagogy’ and ‘entanglement’: practice-based learning and innovation
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1108/JWL-07-2019-0094
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1108/JWL-07-2019-0094
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10089868
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