Transfer of Learning

Transfer of Learning

Cognition and Instruction

1st Edition - September 28, 2000

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  • Author: Robert Haskell
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080492353

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Educators and educational psychologists recognize transfer of learning as perhaps the most significant issue in all fields of instruction. Transfer of learning cuts across all educational domains, curricula, and methods. Despite its importance, research and experience clearly show that significant transfer of learning in either the classroom or in everyday life seldom occurs. Simply put, transfer of learning is illustrated by the phrases "It reminds me of..." or "It's like..." or "It's the same as...". This book addresses the fundamental problem of how past or current learning is applied and adapted to similar and/or new situations. Based on a review of the applied educational and cognitive research, as well as on the author's teaching experience with transfer of learning, this book presents a new framework for understanding and achieving transfer of learning. Current education and educational psychology textbooks either lack or lament the lack of research and guidance to educators on promoting transfer of learning. Thus this book is a necessary basis for all instruction and learning. Based on history and research, the book shows that transfer of learning is not just a technique of learning or instruction, but a way of thinking and knowing.

Key Features

  • The only nonedited educational book about transfer of learning
  • Written in a plain, easy-to-understand style
  • Illustrates how transfer of learning can be promoted in the classroom as well as in everyday life
  • Prescribes 11 principles for achieving transfer of learning
  • Demonstrates how we reason using transfer of learning


Professionals in the fields of Education, Educational Psychology and Instructional Psychology

Table of Contents

  • I. What Transfer of Learning Is
    The State of Education and the Double Transfer of Learning Paradox
    Transfer of Learning: What it is and Why it's Important
    To Teach or not to Teach for Transfer: That is the Question
    Transfer and Everyday Reasoning: Personal Development, Cultural Diversity, and Decision Making
    A Brief History of Transfer and Transfer as History

    II. What Makes Transfer of Learning Work
    Knowledge Base and Transfer: of the Usefulness of Useless Knowledge
    The Spirit of Transfer and Peronsality: Motivation, Meaning, and Emotion
    Cultures and Contexts of Transfer: Social Origins and Support Systems
    When Theory Fails: The Importance of a Learner's Theoretical Knowledge for Transfer
    The Two Faces of Practice: Transfer and that Old-Time Lesson Drill
    The Similarity-Based Brain: Evolutionary and Neurological Bases of Transfer
    The Harmonic Structure of Mind: Higher Level Everyday Transfer Thinking
    Coda: Deep-Context Teaching for Transfer

Product details

  • No. of pages: 241
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2000
  • Published: September 28, 2000
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080492353

About the Author

Robert Haskell

Affiliations and Expertise

University of New England, Biddeford, Maine, U.S.A.

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