Orientation to Medaille, Buffalo, WNY, Niagara Frontier, New York State, the U.S.
Wikipedia’s tacit knowledge
“we can know more than we can tell.”
With tacit knowledge, people are not often aware of the knowledge they possess or how it can be valuable to others. Effective transfer of tacit knowledge generally requires extensive personal contact, regular interactionand trust. This kind of knowledge can only be revealed through practice in a particular context and transmitted through social networks. To some extent it is “captured” when the knowledge holder joins a network or a community of practice.
The purpose of this segment of the course is to introduce a process for acquiring the tacit cultural knowledge, the knowledge of how to handle oneself in social and emotional contexts that will make this course more worthwhile for the students. A sample of the kinds of experiences they need to be able to adapt better to U.S. culture:
- gender roles- men and women’s role and responsibilities; work, dress, beauty, modesty
- youth culture—clothing fashion, music, interests, trends and attitudes
- dress, degrees of formality
- display of emotion
- personal distance, eye contact, touching
- friendship building
- restaurants and tipping
- transportation, from subway and buses to where it’s ok to walk
- roommates and living with Americans
- faux pas; the gestures and procedures that people of other cultures may consider improper or insulting
- work ethic