Knowledge building communities


Knowledge building communities

A Knowledge Building Community ("KBC") is a community in which the primary goal is knowledge creation rather than the construction of specific products or the completion of tasks. This notion is fundamental in Knowledge building theory. If knowledge is not realized for a community than we do not have knowledge building. Examples of KBCs are

* Classrooms
* Academic research teams
* Modern management companies
* Modern business R&D groups

Knowledge building communities in classrooms

In knowledge building practices, the most important type of research was obtaining KBCs in classrooms. Transforming a classroom into a KBC requires a significant shift in classroom norms and also in student and teacher identities. In this context, students define themselves their personal learning goals and collaboratively pursue them. Students are viewed as intentional learners. Working at the edge of each competence". Knowledge advances not circumscribed by teacher’s knowledge

Specific to a KBC is the objectification of knowledge artifacts. More precisely, if in a regular class, questions, ideas and discussions are personal and ethereal constructs in a KBC classroom, they are public artifacts that have a permanent presence in a digital format, usually in the classroom database. For this reason, they can be analyzed, pointed at, talked about, and progressively refined over time.

In order to be successful, the members of the Knowledge-building community should accomplish the followings:

* To work in order to make advances on what the community already knows
* To embrace a general philosophy of inclusion
* To share openly what they do not understand
* To respect each other's perspectives and tentative understandings.
* To express disagreement in a constructive fashion

ee also

*Knowledge Forum
*Carl Bereiter
*Marlene Scardamalia
*Constructivism (learning theory)

External links

* [http://www.knowledgeforum.com/ Knowledge Forum] - A software for knowledge building
* [http://fle3.uiah.fi Fle3 Learning Environment] - Fle3 is an open source online tool for knowledge building


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