Cooperative or Competitive: Possible Roles of Learning Organizations in Lecturer Development in the TVES of Taiwan
In recent years, most junior colleges in the Technical and Vocational Education System have been upgraded to college level. New teachers hired in these colleges are all with doctorate degrees. However, the development of those lecturers without doctorate degrees has universally been ignored all along. Lecturers, who have not yet been promoted, are in urgent need of finding a way out of the pressure that comes from the rapidly changing environment, the evaluations imposed upon their teaching profession, and their peers. This study is to present possible pathways in which a learning organization can take shape and transform the TVES teaching faculty into learning teams with knowledge management. It also presents a proposal that those teachers with expertise in the field of their doctorate degrees may as well find time in their tight schedule, pursuing personal academic achievements and professional development, to lend a helping hand to these lecturers. As was stated by Brandenburger A. & Nalebuff, B. J., “Business is cooperative when it comes to creating a pie, but competitive when it comes to dividing it up.” When a department becomes a learning organization, the cooperative atmosphere encourages these lecturers rather than downgrades them, builds them up rather than overweighs their spirits, inspires them rather than rejects them, and fosters sharing rather than exploitations. In the academic circle where only the stronger survive, the bright side of human nature is hopefully to be seen.
Keywords: Learning Organization, Lecturer Development, TVES, Knowledge Management
Ying Ya Wen
Lecturer, Department of Applied Foreign Languages