Technology isn’t enough, but is necessary for success in life, it gives us easier access to information. Like Fullen points out in the book, “Information is machines. Knowledge is people. Information becomes knowledge only when it takes on a “social life”.” We have an abundance of technology at our school, but we need to access the information, change it to knowledge and share our it with others. Our students must learn how to access this knowledge and learn how to share this knowledge and allow it to take on a “social life” among them. By doing this the students will find a purpose for the information, grow in sharing and develop deeper relationships with their peers.
In a study, Majid and Wey states the two major barriers, one being, students placed in a competition among their peers and the other is students confidence. As educators we are preparing students for the work force. The education field needs to take away the idea of competition with peers in order to prepare students for success in future jobs where sharing knowledge is expected of them. Teachers need to collaborate with their peers to find the best way to reach the students. If teachers are afraid to share knowledge with their peers due to competition or fear, they are not in a position to teach their students to share knowledge and work as a team to perform at their potential. Students must learn by example from their teachers modeling the behavior. When teachers eliminate the barriers that hold back sharing knowledge with their own peers they can teach their students to share their knowledge. Students can build relationships with their peers through sharing their knowledge in order to accomplish a task. This skill of sharing will be carried into their work place. Another barrier is the grading system that promotes competition among students, this needs to be replaced with an emphasis on collaboration among the students.
Our primary motive of having students sharing knowledge is to improve their understanding of concepts in our classes and to build relationships with their classmates. We can do this with group seating, group assignments, and group presentations; group seating arrangements opens the door for students to talk and ask questions when they need to. It also gives the students an opportunity to explain the concepts to each other. When they present together as a group the competition is taken away and they need to rely on each other’s knowledge to get through the presentation.
In the article, Role of Knowledge Sharing in the Learning Process, Majid makes a great point when he stated, “Collaborative learning is one of the established, popular and effective learning approaches. However, the success of this approach largely depends on students’ attitude and behavior towards information and knowledge sharing with their peers.” As effective this learning is, teachers will have to keep the environment safe in order for students to share their ideas with each other. Students’ state, “I was thinking that!” So, the next step is for the student to take the risk and say what they are thinking.
As educators we need to take the pressure off of competition and encourage sharing knowledge. Our assessments need to be looked at and changed to alternative methods that don’t create a competition among the students.
Our ultimate goal is to prepare our students for their future. As we prepare students for the business world we have to launch them into sharing their knowledge with their peers. Harold Jarche wrote an article on how important it is to have the skills “. . .– those that are open, transparent and cooperative – is that they are more resilient because they rely on people, not processes.” Students need to understand the purpose of learning, sharing and enabling an action this relies on them having trusted relationships.
Fullan, M. (2014, February). Leading in a Culture of Change. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass (pp. 77-106).
Jarche, H. Enterprise knowledge sharing requires trusted relationships. Posted 2014; filed under ConnectedEnterprse, Key Post, Social Learning. Retrieved from: http://jarche.com/2014/04/enterprise-knowledge-sharing-requires-trusted-relationships/
Majid, S. Role of Knowledge Sharing in the Learning Process. Literacy Information and Computer Education Journal (LICEJ), Special Issue, Volume 2, Issue 1, 2013 Retrieved on November 13, 2015 from http://infonomics-society.org/LICEJ/Role%20of%20Knowledge%20Sharing%20in%20the%20Learning%20Process.pdf