Toward an Epistemology of Practice

Academy of Management Learning and Education, Vol. 6, No. 4, pp. 495-519, 2007

Posted: 14 Dec 2008

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Joseph A. Raelin

Northeastern University - D’Amore-McKim School of Business

Abstract

Higher and post-experience education in many parts of the world has unfortunately overlooked what practice can contribute to our knowledge base distinctly and additively from classroom education. Ultimately, we need a synthesis of theory and practice if we are to prepare thoughtful practitioners. Using conceptual and practical approaches from constructionist thought borrowing such tools as tacit knowledge, critical reflection, and mastery, this paper proposes a means to effect such a synthesis. Needed is a new epistemology of practice that adds praxis to classroom education in order to help learners deconstruct the structures and systems that embed their social environments. The paper also examines the outcomes and particular competencies that emanate from a practice-based learning. Implications for teaching by learning from this practice epistemology are discussed.

Keywords: epistemology, theory and practice, reflective practice, social constructionism, critical theory, expertise, tacit knowledge, practice-based learning, local knowledge, modernism, postmodernism

JEL Classification: M53, M10, M51

Suggested Citation

Raelin, Joseph A., Toward an Epistemology of Practice. Academy of Management Learning and Education, Vol. 6, No. 4, pp. 495-519, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1313986

Joseph A. Raelin (Contact Author)

Northeastern University - D’Amore-McKim School of Business ( email )

360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.damore-mckim.northeastern.edu/faculty/r/raelin-joseph

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