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ERIC Number: EJ827797
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1366-5626
A Collaborative Perspective on Learning Transfer
Nielsen, Klaus
Journal of Workplace Learning, v21 n1 p58-70 2009
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to argue that it is important to focus on the apprentices' collaborative learning processes when addressing issues of learning transfer. Design/methodology/approach: The claims about the importance of addressing processes of collaborative activities and learning in relation to learning transfer are based on the study following the completion of questionnaires by 243 apprentices and interviews in which 19 baker apprentices participated. Findings: The research results prove that it is important to pay attention to collaborative activities among learners in order to ensure learning transfer. Research limitations/implications: One limitation of the study is that it does not elaborate on reasons that some apprentices are motivated to integrate what they were taught at vocational college in a workplace setting while others are not motivated to do so. Practical implications: Educators will become more aware of individual and collective initiatives to cross the boundaries between vocational school and workplace practice. Originality/value: The study adds to the discussion of learning transfer through an investigation of learning transfer from a collaborative perspective. Most transfer studies have focused on the nature of knowledge or the structural barriers between college and workplace practice, while this study emphasizes the collaborative nature of learning transfer. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Denmark