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October 12, 2011

“When we go about the spontaneous, intuitive performance of the actions of everyday life, we show ourselves to be knowledgeable in a special way. Often we cannot say what it is that we know. …Our knowing is ordinarily tacit, implicit in our patterns of action and in our feel for the stuff with which we are dealing.  It seems right to say that our knowing is in our action.”

p5 Schoen, D. (2002) ‘Reflection-in-action’ in A. Pollard (Ed.), Readings in Reflective Practice (pp5-7) London: Continuum.

Of course, he’s referring to the reflective practice of teaching, but it applies equally to academic criticism of a text…

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