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Theme and aims

CIEA Seminar 2002: "How best to obtain, use and communicate knowledge"
Grangeneuve, Switzerland, 19-31 August 2002

The main ideas behind the planning and preparation of the Seminar

In previous years we have often heard and read: “Information and knowledge are the driving impulses of social development”. We should note here that knowledge is more than information. The term “information” means facts concerning main points, or raw data; whereas “knowledge” means processed information, or justified data. Knowledge, therefore, has a feature that differentiates it from information: it is person-based and includes both implicit and explicit knowledge (Fischer 2000).

But how does a person acquire good comprehensive knowledge? What should a person do with his knowledge, how should he organize it and use it? And what is the appropriate way to communicate existing, processed knowledge? These questions are vitally important to people who work in training; but in “learning-communities” there is such a huge quantity of knowledge to be dealt with. It is therefore necessary to devise suitable organizational and technical procedures, and also to make correct decisions as regards didactics and methodology; it is also necessary to devote careful thought to the whole matter in order to understand it and to take responsibility for training.

For students – indeed, for everyone – both the amount of complex information available and the speed with which it changes are constantly increasing: this is reflected in a need for suitable competences in acquiring this information, in transforming it into knowledge and in implementing this knowledge in the best possible manner. What are the competences and skills that are required here, and how can they be specifically promoted for teachers and students? This question is to be examined during the CIEA Seminar 2002. The aim here is not to train fully-qualified knowledge-managers in two weeks, however, but to use a variety of methods in order to stimulate the participants to deal with information and knowledge in an efficient, educational and creative manner. This will personally profit and be of use to our students, our colleagues and the clients with whom we are in daily contact.


Aims of the Seminar

The participants are...

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