Addressing the challenges of the information and knowledge societies: the case for optimum curricullum in the SCECSAL Region
Kigongo-Bukenya, I. M. N.
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The paper rotates on the question whether Information Management (IM) curriculum is equally appropriate for Knowledge Management (KM). Using the Conceptual Framework of Knowledge Management Processes (CFKMP), the concepts "Information Management" and "Knowledge Management" are explained and related in the context of optimum curriculum. The processes/activities of information management and knowledge management are examined to identify similarities or differences and to establish the base of knowledge and competencies/skills required. Based on Coral (2005) and comparative analysis of other literature, it is estimated that both IM and KM professionals require similar knowledge and skills competencies. It is deduced therefore that the same curricula would be appropriate for both. The paper further suggests that two strategies could be adapted in teaching of such curricula. The first would be the core-elective approach, whereby IM and KM are taught as electives along the core required by the information profession. The second would be the specialization strategy approach by which IM and KM are taught as different programmes.