ERIC Number: EJ1072813
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Networks as Opportunities for Knowledge Creation among Professionals: How Optimized by Counsellor Educators?
Obi, Ifeoma E.
African Higher Education Review, v5 p7-25 Feb 2012
Knowledge creation involves the generation of new ideas, facts and insights through interaction with people to meet challenges and changes. Online and offline professional groups and networks are some of the avenues for generating new knowledge and innovation in practices. Guidance counselling is one the areas that needs to constantly remain abreast with the dynamics of human life and social relations. A number of opportunities abound to help counsellor educators and professional counsellors in higher institutions create knowledge to improve their practices and make more impact on lives. This work examined the extent counsellor educators exploit these opportunities. Three research questions guided the study. A sample of 63 counsellor educators drawn from higher institutions in Anambra and Enugu States was used for the study. Simple and multiple response percentage were the methods used in analyzing data obtained through the questionnaire. Results show that most of the counsellor educators were not aware of the existence of these networks and such do not belong to most of them. It was also found that the opportunities for facilitating knowledge creation available in the networks were not optimized by counsellor educators. A number of suggestions were given to help facilitate the awareness and maximization of these current opportunities.
Descriptors: Scholarship, Social Networks, School Counseling, Counselor Educators, Communities of Practice, Computer Mediated Communication, Familiarity, Group Membership, Technology Uses in Education, Incidence, Educational Practices, Questionnaires, Counselor Attitudes, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Foreign Countries
University of North Texas. 1155 Union Circle, Denton, Texas 76203. Web site: https://www.coe.unt.edu/african-higher-education-review
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nigeria
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