ERIC Number: ED319634
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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Transfer Problems, Lost Keys, and Lampposts: A Historical Perspective as a Guide for Future Research.
Robertson, William C.
Researchers of problem solving in science often find themselves in the situation of studying complex problems within a scientific discipline while constrained by the necessity of studying simple, well-defined problems. They then often generalize the results to the more complex problem. In this paper, this process is explored as it applies to the study of how knowledge and skills transfer to novel problem-solving tasks. Illustrated in this paper is the point that the changing views toward transfer have been strongly influenced by the process of studying well-defined problems and the use of tested methodologies; this is accomplished by providing a selective review of the literature during the last century. The traditional problem-solving process is then evaluated in this historical perspective. Two areas of future research which may help to delineate a clearer understanding of transfer are described: transfer within domains and transfer across domains. A list of 19 references is included. (CW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (62nd, San Francisco, CA, March, 1989). Figures have light type.