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ERIC Number: ED459701
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Pages: 72
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching for Transfer.
Drake, Ruth
This paper describes the transfer of skills and knowledge from the classroom to outside the classroom. The action research focused on transfer, how to facilitate transfer, and why to concentrate on transfer, and it included a definition for the different levels and rates of transfer. Seventh and eighth grade students were not using existing computer technological equipment or skills outside the computer lab for homework or personal use. The problem was documented using a survey and pretests. Results indicated a high rate of availability of technological equipment, but inadequate knowledge and skills related to using technology. One probably cause could have been that small isolated rural communities lack technically skilled role models. Another cause could have been a lack of training for teachers and students. The solution involved unit lessons that actively engaged students in real life problem solving situations. Students practiced using existing computer software to learn how to create projects with a professional touch. The validity of documented discussions concerning transfer in students' reflection papers was strengthened by the significantly high levels of increase in test scores, typing skills, and technological aptitude by the end of the action research project. Three levels of transfer described the degree to which students planned to use the knowledge and skills acquired during the action research project. (Contains 27 references.) (Author/MES)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Language: English
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Note: Master of Arts Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and Skylight Professional Development Field-Based Master's Program.