The complicit role of knowledge sharing in innovating education
Globally education is undergoing evaluation and reform. The knowledge based perspective stress that schools need to be innovative to leverage their competitive advantage. Educational institutions play a key role in knowledge creation but the tacit knowledge that academic staff create is embedded in their minds which constitutes its intellectual capital. The sharing of this knowledge may help teachers keep abreast with the changing knowledge base and solve problems. This acknowledges the complicit role of knowledge sharing in the innovation of schools. An appreciation of taxonomies of teacher knowledge, knowledge sharing as professional development as well factors that impact on sharing knowledge may assist schools to invest in the strategic use of knowledge, a scarce, intangible and firm-specific resource. Factors that may affect knowledge sharing include organizational culture, incentives for innovation, availability of social meeting places and commitment from management and sensitization. It is also crucial to understand strategies that teachers may use to share knowledge, innovate, improve organizational performance and enhance their competitive advantage.
Moira Gundu is an education, information and knowledge Management specialist, author, librarian and teacher who is passionate about research and professional development. Her research interests include: information access, information literacy, innovation in education , curriculum reform, knowledge management and literacy in general.