As Learning First explains, the concept of “transfer” is ” the ability [of students] to use their knowledge and skills to solve problems and navigate new situations.”
I’ve begun to think more about how to implement this in my classroom, and thought I’d begin a “The Best…” list and invite readers to contribute more resources:
Ways to Promote Transfer of Learning is the second of my two-part Education Week Teacher series on the topic.
The Washington Post has published an excerpt from my new student motivation book. They took it from the chapter on transfer of learning and titled it The real stuff of schooling: How to teach students to apply knowledge.
21st Century Skills: Deeper Learning is Essential Ingredient for Success is from Learning First.
Why Don’t They Apply What They’ve Learned, Part I is from The Chronicle of Higher Education. Be sure to also check out the comments.
Lessons for Life: Learning and Transfer is from Linda Darling-Hammond.
This is an older, but very accessible, piece from The University of Oregon.
The Composition Forum has a series of articles, many which are not that accessible (in my humble opinion), but are nevertheless worth a look.
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) February 16, 2013
Education for Life and Work:Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century is from The National Academy of Sciences (thanks to Paul Bruno for the tip).
And here’s a related piece from Daniel Willingham (again, thanks to Paul for the tip).
Transfer as the point of education and the research on transfer and some practical implications (Transfer, part 2) are both by Grant Wiggins.
Clarifying Transfer & How It Impacts What We Think Students Understand is by Grant Wiggins.
Why Students Don’t Always Transfer What They Seem To Understand is by Grant Wiggins.
On transfer as the goal in literacy is by Grant Wiggins.
What’s Transfer, And Why Is It So Hard To Achieve? (Part 1) is from The Learning Scientists.
Analogies Plus Tech Can Deepen Understanding is from Middleweb.
The trouble with transfer: How can we make learning more flexible? is from The Learning Spy.
What makes people apply what they learn during training offers ideas applicable to the concept of learning transfer in schools.
Far transfer through music? This longitudinal study suggests it works! is from “From Experience To Meaning…”
Clarifying Transfer: The Ultimate Goal of Learning appears in Corwin Connect.
If You Learn A, Will You Be Better Able to Learn B? is a very good piece on learning transfer that appeared in The American Educator.
The One Habit That Makes Geniuses So Creative is from The Next Big Idea Club.
RETRIEVAL PRACTICE AND TRANSFER OF LEARNING is from Retrieval Practice.
Transfer strategies have an effect size of 0.86 (as of the latest research) and have the potential to considerably accelerate student learning.
— Visible Learning (@VisibleLearning) June 20, 2022
Who benefits from brain training and why? is a report from Science Daily. The actual tool the study used – supposed brain training games – is less interesting than reading the article for its concise explanation of near and far transfer.
It also demonstrates the challenges of encouraging transfer of knowledge https://t.co/4ryAGZXH9W
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) September 16, 2022
— Retrieval Practice (@RetrieveLearn) August 17, 2023
Feel free to contribute additional suggestions.