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Making the Tacit Explicit

While many of us would prefer to see the university as a global contact zone where lecturers and students come together and learn from each other, there is no denying that this is often not the everyday situation for students or lecturers. There are many reasons for this, one of them being that we have to work in accordance with the rules and regulations of Danish law at Danish higher education state institutions. Another is that lecturers and students alike are not always sure how to actually make that happen. And finally, we are all under the influence of the educational traditions and norms that we are already familiar with.

It is obviously an advantage to belong to the group of those in the know, those who are familiar with the Danish educational system. Most international students and lecturers are not in the know; they are at a loss because they do not know what it is that they do not know. They do not have immediate access to the tacit knowledge that their Danish colleagues have, and it is very important that we help them by making the tacit explicit.

In the multicultural classroom, we often experience a cognitive dissonance or mismatch. See more about this and also about different approaches to how you as a lecturer may resolve these issues by means of Infusion or a Culturally Inclusive Pedagogy (CIP) here.

You can also see more about the unwritten rules in Danish higher education.

If you are a newcomer in the Danish higher education system, you may want to read more about it or follow the links under Facts and Resources.

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