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Towards an Understanding of Knowledge Sharing in Indigenous Communities of Practice: A Phenomenology of Practice Approach

Towards an Understanding of Knowledge Sharing in Indigenous Communities of Practice: A Phenomenology of Practice Approach
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Author(s): Esabel Maisiri (National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 25
Source title: Handbook of Research on Connecting Research Methods for Information Science Research
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Patrick Ngulube (University of South Africa, South Africa)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1471-9.ch011

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Abstract

Knowledge sharing is broadly an act of communication, and in indigenous communities of practice, knowledge sharing can be viewed as a cultural symbol making process. This process is facilitated by indigenous language as the communication tool. The characteristics of indigenous languages that include being dynamic, constantly changing as people adjust to their life circumstances and being personal, tacit, and experiential renders it closely tied down to the person who knows the language. Thus, the most appropriate way to understand the use and exchange of such knowledge, that is, the communication phenomenon of indigenous knowledge, would be to extricate the personal experiences of individuals involved in the use and exchange of the indigenous knowledge. This can be done using van Manen's phenomenology of practice.

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