The Shapes Taken by Personal Professional Knowledge

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


This chapters and Chap.  5 provide complementary accounts of knowledge. This chapter is a primer on knowledge. It focusses on the individual professional person – on personal professional knowledge. We show why it is useful to distinguish between different kinds of knowledge – public, organisational and personal, codified and non-codified, tacit and explicit – and we develop our argument about relations between knowledgeable action and actionable knowledge: the kinds of knowledge that help get things done in practical situations.


Personal knowledge Explicit knowledge Tacit knowledge Actionable knowledge Knowledgeable action 


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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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