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ERIC Number: EJ940148
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0898-5952
How Much Is Transferred from Training to the Job? The 10% Delusion as a Catalyst for Thinking about Transfer
Ford, J. Kevin; Yelon, Stephen L.; Billington, Abigail Q.
Performance Improvement Quarterly, v24 n2 p7-24 2011
This article explores the common belief that only a small amount of what is taught in a training program is actually transferred to the job. After providing evidence of the source of the generalization and the acceptance of the notion despite the lack of empirical, behavioral evidence, we take the opportunity to examine the likely reasons for that acceptance. We present five questionable assumptions behind the generalization about minimal transfer. Based on this analysis, we offer four practical strategies for planning, assessing, and reporting training transfer. These strategies include investigating and accounting for variables influencing transfer, expanding the definition of use, stating realistic transfer goals, creating specific transfer objectives, describing observable indicators of use, setting quantitative standards of successful transfer, and reporting the complete transfer story. These strategies provide avenues for producing a more accurate picture of the training transfer experience. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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