ERIC Number: ED186684
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Assessing Transfer Skills.
Knapp, Joan E.
Following a summary of what is presently known about transfer skills, the options available for assessment of transfer skills are identified and problems inherent in that task examined. Transfer skills (the ability or capacity of the learner or worker to transfer skills or knowledge from prior experiences to new ones) are discussed using the work of a number of contemporary theorists and noting points of general agreement. Types of educational measurements that can be applied to the assessment of transfer of skills are classified as either traditional or nontraditional methods. Traditional methods examined are paper and pencil, multiple choice, and objective tests. Nontraditional methods analyzed are interviews and oral examinations; simulations; essays; performance tests; and self-assessment devices. Examples of each, their use as well as advantages and disadvantages, are given. It is noted that no specific tests or procedures could be recommended as end-alls; rather, they are presented as tools to help determine if transfer has occurred. A bibliography of selected documents describing nontraditional assessment methods is included as an appendix. (MEK)
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Essay Tests, Higher Education, Individual Testing, Interviews, Job Skills, Learning Theories, Mastery Learning, Objective Tests, Performance Tests, Secondary Education, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Simulation, Skill Development, Skills, State of the Art Reviews, Testing, Transfer of Training
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
Note: For related documents see ED 138 834, ED 146 420, ED 146 458, ED 174 809, CE 024 835-836, CE 025 246-247, and CE 025 306.