Transfer of learning and its ascendancy in higher education: a cultural critique

Green, Jonathan H. (2013) Transfer of learning and its ascendancy in higher education: a cultural critique. Teaching in Higher Education, 18 (4). pp. 365-376. ISSN 1356-2517


Transfer of learning has long been posited as a goal of education. Recent ideological developments have raised transfer's prominence in higher education: increasingly, universities measure their success by the transferability of graduates' skills and knowledge to the workplace. A cultural matrix of social psychology provides an alternative discourse, holding that many psychological characteristics and values that underpin transfer are based on assumptions that may not apply universally and that, accordingly, transfer may not be the central goal that it is frequently assumed to be. This discussion presents a critique on an adherence to transfer that ignores values that may be equally important to students' personal and social development. In so doing, it advocates the application of the cultural matrix to the theory of transfer of learning. It concludes that, paradoxically, recognition of divergent cultural values from around the globe, including the East, may guide universities back to the western cultural tradition of a liberal education.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2012 01:03
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2018 02:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education; transfer of learning; cultural diversity; social equity
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2012.719155

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