Can questioning help us improve knowledge?

We recently found this article which describes how “the legitimation of formal, ‘evidence-based’ scientific knowledge about parenting within nursing and midwifery can have the effect of replacing and discrediting embodied, informal and culturally located ways of knowing and learning” The article questions knowledge transfer in healthcare, which is done mostly as “a unidirectional movement from expert professional knowledge providers towards the consumers of that knowledge”

Something similar happens in business, where people acquire knowledge from experts which are either the teachers in business school or the more experienced colleagues at work. Is this way of transferring knowledge efficient? Does it exclude knowledge that our teachers or co-workers may not not have but may prove useful to you? 

Is this type of knowledge transfer too subjective? One definition of knowledge (shown in the diagram below) states that knowledge is found at the intersection between truths and beliefs, but what some people believe may not be relevant to others, therefore what some consider to be valuable knowledge may not have the same importance to those who are supposed to benefit from it.

Classical Definition of Knowledge

What do you think? What is the best way to transfer knowledge? How do we make sure that we transfer knowledge that is really useful and objective? Can questioning help?

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One response to “Can questioning help us improve knowledge?

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