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Personal Knowledge Mastery – As an Innovative Knowledge Transfer (KT) Strategy

August 19th, 2014

I received the following question about my last post titled Positive Mental Health – Research Mapping Project “what aspect of your innovative knowledge exchange (KT) are you proposing to speak to?”

I struggled with responding to this question as knowledge transfer is a concept that didn’t resonate with my approach or thinking as I formulated the project. (see end of this post for more on knowledge transfer)

I designed the project using the following frameworks and building blocks (drivers): Personal Knowledge Mastery PKM; Community Based Research CBR and Positive Psychology.

The Positive Mental Health – Research Mapping project is more about tapping into tacit knowledge that resides within communities and then  “sharing knowledge making experiences” with selected individuals and groups. I think I know what she was looking for so I’ve listed some of the key aspects that answer her question below.

mental-health-mapping

Students engaged in community based research on the subject of positive mental health will be trained and or coached in the Personal Knowledge Mastery framework.

The students use the PKM framework in the pilot project and develop their personalized PKM skills that they apply in their mapping research activities. With coaching and support from Child & Youth Worker project workers, the students can begin using the PKM framework and skills in other areas of their work and learning.

In other words, using their personalized PKM skills, the students gain confidence as learners (working with peers) as they discover new insights, make sense of those insights and share their learning with others.

Another innovative (KT?) aspect that this project speaks to is the use of Community Based Research (CBR) principles. In addition to the PKM framework,  the CBR framework will give the students a solid foundation for acquiring new knowledge via. Participatory research practices, learning how to discern knowledge from their research and then sharing the findings of their research to their peer group and adults within their school community. The PKM seek-sense-share process aligns closely with CBR principles and practices.

As a CBR initiative, all aspects of the work and the outcomes of the research include the key component of integrating the knowledge gained with interventions and policy and social change to improve the health and quality of life of community members (Wikipedia)

Another key aspect is the utilization of PKM framework and skills as a guide for discovering knowledge stemming from the lived experience of individuals within the school community (students & staff). The students discern what that knowledge means to them and then share (publish/disseminate) their learning to their school community.

PKM is a process that is simple to visualize (seek – sense – share) but is complex in that in is personally constructed, employs critical thinking skills. When this new knowledge is shared with others or with networks of people, the young person deepens and strengthens their capacity for learning and working with others.

Knowledge Exchange – The following posts have helped me understand more about knowledge transfer, exchange, mobilization etc..

Don’t Worry, nobody can steal your knowledge – Harold Jarche (2012)

Why do I share my knowledge? Well, actually, I don’t. I could not share my knowledge with you, if I wanted. There is no such thing as knowledge transfer. Data and information can be transferred, but not knowledge. more……..

Knowledge Transfer – Half an Hour – Stephen Downes (2011)

My answer, and it’s a perfectly reasonable and well-research answer, is that nothing is transferred. That the whole idea of “knowledge transfer” is a handy fiction that we have created over the years, as simple folk, to function as shorthand for what we know is a much more complex process. more…..

 

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