• Lina Markauskaite
  • Peter Goodyear
Part of the Professional and Practice-based Learning book series (PPBL, volume 14)


People who can act knowledgably, who are flexible and adept in their use of different kinds of knowledge and who can shape their environment to generate new insights are demonstrating a capacity which we call ‘epistemic fluency’. This chapter argues that epistemic fluency plays an important, though underappreciated, role in professional life. To understand how knowledge works in routine and innovative professional activities, one needs to look beneath the surface appearance of behaviours and language and find generative patterns – such as epistemic forms and games. This chapter provides an overview of the core conceptual concerns of the book, tracing their development across the 19 chapters that follow. It also provides a summary of the body of empirical research on which we draw when illustrating our arguments.


Professional work Epistemic fluency Actionable knowledge Knowledgeable action Innovation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lina Markauskaite
    • 1
  • Peter Goodyear
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation (CRLI), Faculty of Education & Social WorkThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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