Note: these are my working notes, they can change at any moment.
Reading "Work-related learning: elaborate, expand and externalise" by Simons&Ruijters (2001, not on-line, see full reference at the end).
A good article to dive into a language and references of another research stream rather than my usual (US/Canada based) sources on informal learning. The article provides some definitions and distinctions about learning and goes into collective learning at the end. My main interests are in the middle, where the authors talk about implicit learning.
Simons& Ruijters suggest that work-related learning involves (interpretations are mine):
A definition (Cleermans, see full reference below):
Implicit learning is the process through which we become sensitive to certain regularities in the environment (1) in the absence of intention to learn about those regularities (2) in the absence of awareness that one is learning, and (3) in such a way that the resulting knowledge is difficult to express.
Why should individuals or groups become aware of implicit learning? (back to Simons&Ruijters here; my comments are bulleted)
I think that the main question after "why artucilalate implicit learning?" should be - "when is it necessary?" Articulation (-> reflecton) takes time (see my post on Learning vs. doing: implicit learning and reflection).
Six ways to act on implicit learning outcomes (based on Figure 8.4., p.106)
Techniques to make outcomes of implicit learning explicit (re: self-reflection; references as in Simons& Ruijters; grouping is mine)
There is also a part on "increasing implicit learning without making it explicit", but I don't find it convincing.
Leads to follow:
I found out at least two streams of publications on implicit learning: one, more cognitive, is looking at how implicit learning works, and another, more practical, is looking at what to do with it. I'm more on the second camp.
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