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AbstractThis article seeks to explore tacit knowledge in the context of the practice and role of the dental educator in a workplace learning environment. Tacit knowledge is a key element underpinning learning in the workplace; the use of this knowledge can be applied in an advantageous manner, from both an educational and a personal developmental perspective. We outline theoretical ideologies which underpin the definition of tacit knowledge and have provided practical examples are to enable conceptualisation. The role tacit knowledge plays in procedural knowledge, performance of a skill and diagnosis and decision making has been explained in further detail with a dental relevance. Approaches to maximise the educational output of learning opportunities by using tacit knowledge and how an awareness of tacit knowledge can complement reflection has been considered. It is acknowledged that workplace learning is of mutual benefit to the dental educator, trainee and clinical team and that the development of the educator to make tacit knowledge explicit, can be achieved through peer observation.
CitationMatharu KS, Wareing M (2023) 'Tacit knowledge and the role of the dental educator', European Journal of Dental Education, 28 (1), pp.94-99.
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