Transfer of learning and its ascendancy in higher education: a cultural critique

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Green, Jonathan H.. 2013. "Transfer of learning and its ascendancy in higher education: a cultural critique." Teaching in Higher Education. 18 (4), pp. 365-376. https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2012.719155
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Transfer of learning and its ascendancy in higher education: a cultural critique

ERA Journal ID19316
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AuthorGreen, Jonathan H.
Journal TitleTeaching in Higher Education
Journal Citation18 (4), pp. 365-376
Number of Pages12
Year2013
PublisherRoutledge
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1356-2517
1470-1294
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2012.719155
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13562517.2012.719155
Abstract

Transfer of learning has long been posited as a goal of education. Recent ideological developments have raised transfer's prominence in higher education: increasingly, universities measure their success by the transferability of graduates' skills and knowledge to the workplace. A cultural matrix of social psychology provides an alternative discourse, holding that many psychological characteristics and values that underpin transfer are based on assumptions that may not apply universally and that, accordingly, transfer may not be the central goal that it is frequently assumed to be. This discussion presents a critique on an adherence to transfer that ignores values that may be equally important to students' personal and social development. In so doing, it advocates the application of the cultural matrix to the theory of transfer of learning. It concludes that, paradoxically, recognition of divergent cultural values from around the globe, including the East, may guide universities back to the western cultural tradition of a liberal education.

Keywordshigher education; transfer of learning; cultural diversity; social equity
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390401. Comparative and cross-cultural education
390102. Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
520599. Social and personality psychology not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsMahidol University, Thailand
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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