ERIC Number: ED150428
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Trainability of Abilities: A Review of Nonspecific Transfer Issues Relevant to Ability Training. Technical Report.
Hogan, Joyce C.
Previous research on nonspecific transfer of training is reviewed in terms of its implications for ability training. Specific focus is on the question of improving general abilities through training on related but nonidentical tasks. Studies selected include experimental, laboratory studies as well as research carried out in a number of applied settings (e.g., training simulator evaluation, educational intervention programs, and vocational skill development). Discussion of the findings is organized under the following categories: early experimental research on nonspecific transfer; two special categories of nonspecific transfer--warm-up and learning to learn; issues in positive nonspecific transfer; and implications for ability training from applied research. A concluding section indicates that although little empirical information exists, some selected areas of nonspecific transfer support the idea that ability training is feasible. Strategies for transfer mediation are discussed and implications for nonspecific ability training are considered. (Author/JT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA. Personnel and Training Research Programs Office.
Authoring Institution: Advanced Research Resources Organization, Bethesda, MD.