What is Tacit Knowledge
Rosemarie Hoffmann, Member
:Tacit does not mean pure. it means knowledge that is not verbally expressed
. It´s things we take for granted.
For example, we all know that water has a cleaning function. You are not born with this knowledge, you grow up with it and you rarely question it. It's a knowledge, that has its own life beyond study and diplomas.
Tacit knowledge is directly derived from experience or observation. Everybody has some form of tacit knowledge. It means there are things you can learn from anybody, even from those who have never set a foot into a school.
When observation becomes more detailed, thanks to research and more refined instruments, when experience meets other experience, discoveries make tacit knowledge evolve.
In humanities, if one kind of tacit knowledge dominates unquestioned over all the others, it is truncated even if it has obtained a PhD. It can become a factor of social exclusion.
Why would you need to measure tacit knowledge? To make more consciously use of it, like in the situations mentioned by others.