Nahla Abousamra, doctoral candidate of Curriculum and Instruction, presented at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, in March 2019. The paper was titled “Transferability of Cultural Tacit Knowledge from Teachers to Students in the Classroom.”
The study focuses on the role and importance of tacit knowledge when transferred from international faculty in the host culture to students in the classroom. It highlights the different types of tacit knowledge and their functionality in the higher education context.
Tacit knowledge will be examined in this study in light of Nonaka and Takeuchi’s (1996) SECI model which elaborates on the transferability of tacit knowledge within organizations in general and higher education in particular. The study details the dynamics of classroom management and how cultural tacit knowledge may have a considerable impact upon such dynamics.
The study will utilize a qualitative research method that will be based on interviews with international faculty from two medium-sized universities in western Pennsylvania. The round-table session provided the author with an opportunity to discuss the methodology and the research questions that will be examined. It also allowed her to seek scholars’ perceptions about tacit knowledge and it is probable impact on classroom dynamics