Skill Transmittance in Science Education

Science & Education 28 (1-2):45-61 (2019)
  Copy   BIBTEX


It is widely argued that the skills of scientific expertise are tacit, meaning that they are difficult to study. In this essay, I draw on work from the philosophy of action about the nature of skills to show that there is another access point for the study of skills—namely, skill transmission in science education. I will begin by outlining Small’s Aristotelian account of skills, including a brief exposition of its advantages over alternative accounts of skills. He argues that skills exist in a sort of life cycle between learning, practicing, and transmitting, which provides reasons to think that we should pay close attention to the way skills are transmitted in teaching and learning. To demonstrate how a study of skill transmittance can be revealing about the nature of skills in expertise, I explore an example—what I identify as the skill of tension-balancing in model-building. After describing the skill, I briefly examine two case studies from the science education literature that reveal insights about the skill of tension-balancing as it functions in the practice of model-building.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 84,179

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

What skill is not.Evan Riley - 2017 - Analysis 77 (2):344-354.
What exactly is acquired during skill acquisition?Duarte Araújo & Keith Davids - 2011 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 18 (3-4):3-4.
Skill in epistemology II: Skill and know how.Carlotta Pavese - 2016 - Philosophy Compass 11 (11):650-660.
Skill in epistemology I: Skill and knowledge.Carlotta Pavese - 2016 - Philosophy Compass 11 (11):642-649.
Dance Education, Skill, and Behavioral Objectives.David Carr - 1984 - The Journal of Aesthetic Education 18 (4):67.
Ethical Rules and Particular Skills.Beth Dixon - 2015 - Childhood and Philosophy 11 (21):67-79.


Added to PP

20 (#598,072)

6 months
1 (#510,113)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Brandon Boesch
Morningside College

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

The Concept of Mind.Gilbert Ryle - 1949 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 141:125-126.
The Concept of Mind.Gilbert Ryle - 1950 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 1 (4):328-332.
Knowing How.Jason Stanley & Timothy Willlamson - 2001 - Journal of Philosophy 98 (8):411-444.
Who is a Modeler?Michael Weisberg - 2007 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 58 (2):207-233.

View all 34 references / Add more references