Transfer of learning and the cultural matrix: culture, beliefs and learning in Thailand higher education

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Green, Jonathan H.. 2015. Transfer of learning and the cultural matrix: culture, beliefs and learning in Thailand higher education. Blue Mounds, Wisconsin. Deep University Press.
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Transfer of learning and the cultural matrix: culture, beliefs and learning in Thailand higher education

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AuthorGreen, Jonathan H.
Number of Pages296
Year2015
PublisherDeep University Press
Place of PublicationBlue Mounds, Wisconsin
ISBN9781939755186
Abstract

This book reports on a study conducted in an international college in Thailand that aimed to contribute to our understanding of the transfer of learning from an undergraduate academic literacy programme to the disciplines.

The study adopted a cultural matrix to investigate the interrelationship among students' perceptions of transfer of learning, their personal beliefs about knowledge, knowing and learning, and their secondary school backgrounds.

The findings give partial support for the application of the cultural matrix to transfer of learning, while revealing also an intriguing complexity to the beliefs systems of students who had been exposed to international education. To borrow from linguistics parlance, these multicultural students may code-switch between beliefs systems in much the same manner as multilinguals between languages.

The study makes an original contribution by applying the cultural matrix to learning in a previously unexplored way. In so doing, it aims to generate a general theory of transfer of learning while fostering a culturally pluralistic understanding of learners' beliefs about knowledge and learning and the implications for such transfer. It also advocates an approach that supplements existing classroom-specific pedagogical methods with school-wide cultural management initiatives in order to better effect transfer of learning.

Keywordshigher education; cultural studies; transfer of learning; academic literacy; beliefs systems
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520102. Educational psychology
390401. Comparative and cross-cultural education
390303. Higher education
390102. Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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