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ERIC Number: ED565504
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 148
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3036-7369-6
Using Assessments of Contextual Learning to Identify Characteristics of Adaptive Transfer in Medical Students
Baer, Tom
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Washington
Transfer of learning from curricular experiences to non-academic settings is a primary goal of any academic institution. In cases where skills, knowledge, and attitudes learned in curricular experiences are used to solve complex problems, transfer is especially difficult to define and measure. This study attempts to better define transfer in medical education by comparing competency-based evaluations of two required components of a large MD program: problem-based learning completed by MD students in their second year, and the family medicine clerkship completed by the same MD students in a following year. Using factor and correlational analysis, the study corroborated earlier studies that show the importance of knowledge for expertise. The study found evidence to support the existence of adaptive transfer as a phenomenon that includes selectivity and problem-finding. Areas for further research include validation of competencies that emphasize flexible use of knowledge, and description of the problem-finding process in interdisciplinary teams. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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