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Knowledge Management and Decision Making in Hellenic Primary Schools
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Informatics.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this thesis is twofold: on one hand it aims to present the current situation regarding knowledge management practices during decision making processes in the daily function of the public primary schools in the city of Athens, in Hellas. Additionally this thesis aims at discovering the perception of the educational and administrative personnel of the schools regarding the use of Information & Communication Technologies.

The present study engages in a qualitative research through an interpretivistic approach. Interpretivism is employed in an attempt to better understand the reasoning behind the choices made by the schools’ Directors, Assistant Directors and Teachers. Semi-structured interviews, stories / narratives, an observation and documentation are the data collection methods while a qualitative data analysis was used in order to produce the final results.

The research showed a ‘fault’ from contradictory and/or overlapping legislative directions towards the investigated roles (school Directors, Assistant Directors and Teachers), a high level of tacit knowledge residing in the minds of the school personnel, lack of knowledge regarding knowledge management, decision making theories and techniques and a fairly good but at times distrusting relationship with technology.

The thesis suggestion is the use of ICTs for the promotion of communication and exchange of views with the creation of a web application as a meeting junction of all primary schools for the sharing of knowledge leading to the effective decision making by the schools’ directors, assistant directors and teachers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 107 p.
Keyword [en]
Hellenic public primary school, primary education, school Director, school Assistant Director, school Teacher, Knowledge Management, Decision Making, Information & Communication Technologies
Keyword [el]
Ελληνικό Δημόσιο Δημοτικό Σχολείο, πρωτοβάθμια εκπαίδευση, Διευθυντής σχολείου, Υποδιευθυντής σχολείου, δάσκαλος σχολείου, Διαχείριση Γνώσης, Θεωρία Αποφάσεων, Τεχνολογίες Επικοινωνιών και Πληροφορίας
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Information Systems, Social aspects
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-54335OAI: diva2:943882
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Master Programme in Information Systems, 120 credits
Available from: 2016-06-28 Created: 2016-06-28 Last updated: 2016-06-28Bibliographically approved

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