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Mentor: A Knowledge Management System Supporting Teachers in Their Leadership
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Information Science. Data- och systemvetenskap.
2007 (English)In: The Power of Media in Education: NBE 2007 Conference / [ed] Ruokamo, Heli et al., Rovaniemi, Finland: University of Lapland Press , 2007, 125-138 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The goal for knowledge management is to create the knowledge that drives the organisation forward and provides a professional community. One of the biggest challenges for knowledge management in educational organisations is to move toward a more student-centered learning environment. According to the constructivism deep learning and critical thinking can be achieved if the students are active in the learning process, which mainly takes place in a student-oriented setting. A reasonable assumption is that in student-centered schools the teachers’ teaching strategies and, at the same time, their role as a leader is of great importance. For instance, a more democratic than autocratic style is emphasized. Therefore, it is important for knowledge management within educational organisations to deal with the task to support the teachers to take such a democratic role. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in form of knowledge systems can be utilised in this process. In this article we present the design of a prototype, called Mentor, with the aim to give the educators the opportunity to reflect on their current teaching strategies and get guidance how to improve their teaching, which in turn can influence their leadership in the classroom. Bloom’s revised taxonomy has been utilised to relate the teachers’ answers, regarding their teaching strategies, to the taxonomy and also to give different kinds of feedback based on the educational objectives in the taxonomy. Mentor may support all the phases within knowledge management; capturing, sharing, applying and creating knowledge.

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Rovaniemi, Finland: University of Lapland Press , 2007. 125-138 p.
, University of Lapland Publications in Education, ISSN 1457-9553 ; 17
Keyword [en]
Knowledge management, teachers’ leadership, Blooms revised taxonomy, computer-based teacher support, knowledge systems
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Other Engineering and Technologies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-213774OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-213774DiVA: diva2:683450
2nd International Network-based Education 2007 Conference: The Power of Media in Education, 13-15 June 2007, Rovaniemi, Finland
Available from: 2014-01-03 Created: 2014-01-03 Last updated: 2014-01-03

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