Far transfer for complex problem solving: some important issues

Academic Press
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Conference Proceeding
Proceedings of the 10th annual international conference on post-compulsory education and training, 2002, pp. 207 - 214
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Development of practical training programs to ensure effective transfer of learning is hampered by the fact that there are a number of different types of transfer. Of these different types, the one which may be considered by many to be the most desirable is far transfer which is involved with difficult, that is non-routine, problem solving. This paper briefly examines the different types of transfer before focusing upon some of the key issues surrounding far transfer. In particular the paper considers the important issue of the degree of variability from the originally learned stimulus and the ability of humans to continue to recognise this stimulus as connected to the original learning. Recommendations are made for the development of a new, more inclusive theory of learning that better accounts for factors involved in the transfer of learning.
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