Presentation Details

The Fourth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations

Impediments to Knowledge Sharing in Public Educational Institutions: Tuning in to Teachers and Students Voices on Concerns About Knowledge Sharing

Chiam Ching Leen, Prof. John Hedberg, Prof Peter Freebody.


The vast majority of literature on Knowledge Management (KM) focused on the role and value of knowledge sharing in private-sector corporations. This paper argues that knowledge sharing and KM as a whole have important roles to play in educational institutions. Educational institutions are one of the important producers and mediators of knowledge in modern society. In fact not only do they need to manage their tacit knowledge of operations and resources, but often they are conspicuous creators of new knowledge. In order to achieve high levels of use and collaboration teachers and students need to actively contribute their knowledge and share it. This study explores the factors that impede knowledge sharing in educational institutions. It reports on the preliminary findings from teachers’ and students’ perspectives, attitudes and beliefs on the nature of knowledge sharing in educational institutions. Three constructs have been identified as the basis for eliciting data for this study: the influence of culture, resources and environment for knowledge sharing in educational institutions. Findings revealed that time constraints, lack of trust, fear of rejection by others, the lack of resources, unwillingness to learn, fear of being overtaken by others by sharing knowledge, fear of plagiarism and unstructured lessons were some of the impediments of knowledge sharing in educational institutions. The importance of these preliminary findings lay in its possible contributions towards the development of a KM framework for educational institutions. Teachers and students are receptive to the concept of knowledge sharing and they do indeed value knowledge sharing. The study also provides direction for future research and can assist educational institutions in circumventing or overcoming implementation barriers and thus facilitate the implementation of KM activities in educational institutions.

Presenters

Chiam Ching Leen  (Singapore)
Research Student
Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice, National Institute of Education
Nanyang Technological University

Chiam Ching Leen is a Ph.D. candidate at the Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is a teacher by training and has a master's degree in information studies from Nanyang Technological University.


Prof. John Hedberg  (Singapore)

Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice, National Institute of Education
Nanyang Technological University



Prof Peter Freebody  (Singapore)

Centre for Research in Pedagogy & Practice
National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University


Keywords
  • Education
  • Knowledge Sharing
  • Knowledge Management



(30 min. Conference Paper, English)