ERIC Number: ED337617
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
The Development and Validation of a Transfer-of-Training System. Project Number Forty-Five.
Gradous, B. Deane
The purpose of this study was to develop and validate a transfer-of-training model and a method for applying it. A literature review investigated the theory and practice of transfer of training. In the first phase of the research, a transfer-of-training model was developed using the principles of general systems theory, the various steps of a systematic training model, and the best practices of adult education theory. The result was a two-axis open-systems model involving three key players--trainer, manager, and participant--over three time periods--before, during, and after training. To assist the key players in implementing the transfer-of-training model, three checklists of transfer strategies conforming to the major elements of the model were also developed. The second phase of the study consisted of asking experts in the field of training to validate the transfer-of-training model and the checklists. Five training experts and two professional groups critiqued them, suggested minor changes to the model, and added several strategies to the checklists. They also confirmed the face and content validities of the model and the checklists, which together comprise the transfer-of-training system. The third phase consisted of a limited application of the transfer-of-training system in a government agency. The application resulted in several modifications to an ongoing training program. (Appendixes include 87 references, interview protocol for model validation, suggested modifications to checklists, trainer and participant checklists, and evaluation form.) (Author/YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., St. Paul. Dept. of Vocational and Technical Education.