Shared Knowledge: The Importance Of Personal Knowledge

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Although personal knowledge is the individualized accumulation of a person’s perspective, experiences, memories, perception, emotions, imagination and background; shared knowledge forms the basis of and “shapes” personal knowledge, since socio-cultural environment plays a great role in the way an individual experiences and perceives the world around her/ him. When we use shared knowledge, the knowledge that we are considering depends on the groups to which we belong. These groups can be national, racial, ethnic, gender or age groups; and belonging to a certain socio-cultural environment as such, may give us a certain perspective that will either narrow or widen our approach to knowledge. Shared knowledge; the knowledge produced by the collaboration of the people belonging to these groups may be subjected to change, relative to time; or this knowledge may travel across countries and pass on to next generations, standing the test of time. Personal knowledge, on the other hand, is the accumulation of our individual perspectives, experiences, memories, perceptions, emotions, imaginations and backgrounds. Personal knowledge is shared knowledge being experienced at a “personal” level, which makes this type of knowledge difficult to be shared. Being possessed by an individual alone, the interaction of this knowledge becomes difficult, since it cannot be easily described in a linguistic form; after all not being a necessity. In real-life situations, how shared knowledge forms the

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