What is the role of knowledge creation and sharing in a healthy educational organization?
“Information becomes knowledge only when it takes on a social life,” (Fullan, 78). This statement is true in most cases. When you’re sharing your knowledge with your peers you’re collaborating, you’re building on each other’s knowledge, and getting new ideas. “Information only becomes valuable in a social context,” (page 78). This is why creating and sharing of knowledge with your team is important.
In an article titled, “Why Your Organization Should Support a Knowledge Sharing Culture,” they give three recommendations of how to move towards a culture of knowledge sharing.
- Make it safe: this means to create a climate that reassures those who share knowledge won’t be at risk for sharing their knowledge and ideas. According to the article studies have shown how people are afraid to share their ideas.
- Make it count: to jumpstart knowledge sharing, they advise on starting an incentive program.
- Make it social: this is where you make the knowledge sharing social. People tend to participate more when creating or sharing knowledge includes social contexts.
The role of management in knowledge creation is very important. Administration should encourage knowledge sharing and allow new knowledge to be created through interaction, practice, and experimentation. How can we create a knowledge sharing culture? By making knowledge sharing the norm (Gurteen, 99).
Update on mentoring project:
My mentor and I have a routine now, she comes over to my classroom and we update our Dojo board. We talk about the strengths, and what we can do to improve class dojo in the classroom. She doesn’t use the ipad, she is still using her computer to keep track of students points. I tried getting her on the ipad; it hasn’t worked. She’s okay with using the computer to track student behavior.
Creating a Knowledge Sharing Culture. (n.d.). Retrieved November 13, 2015, from http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/ksculture
Fullan, M. (2014). Leading in a Culture of Change. Somerset, NJ, USA: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated. Retrieved from http://www.ebrary.com
Knowledge Creation. (n.d.). Retrieved November 13, 2015, from http://www.knowledge-management-tools.net/knowledge-creation.html
Why Your Organization Should Support a Knowledge Sharing Culture. (n.d.). Retrieved November 13, 2015, from http://blogs.adobe.com/captivate/2013/01/why-your-organization-should-support-a-knowledge-sharing-culture.html