Beyond grades: developing knowledge sharing in learning communities as a graduate attribute

Brouwer, J. & Jansen, E., 23-Feb-2019, In : Higher education research & development. 38, 2, p. 219-234 16 p.

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The ability to share knowledge is an important attribute that students develop in learning communities (LCs), enabling them to succeed in their education and careers. Insufficient research addresses the development of such knowledge sharing in LCs though, including whether it aligns with students’ success (i.e., grades). To address this gap, the current study investigates various determinants of knowledge sharing and their effects on student success. Survey data from 183 psychology students measure altruism, trust, belongingness (community identification), perceived social interaction, and attitudes toward and expectations of the benefits of knowledge sharing. A path analysis shows that trust affects the expected personal and community benefits of knowledge sharing indirectly, through students’ general attitudes toward knowledge sharing. Altruism, trust, and belongingness affect the personal benefits of knowledge sharing indirectly through social interaction. No significant relation emerges with first-year study success. Knowledge sharing as added attribute does not appear aligned with study success measured by individual course grades.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-234
Number of pages16
JournalHigher education research & development
Issue number2
Early online date20-Sep-2018
Publication statusPublished - 23-Feb-2019



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