Transfer of learning and the cultural matrix: culture, beliefs and learning in Thailand higher education

Green, Jonathan H. (2015) Transfer of learning and the cultural matrix: culture, beliefs and learning in Thailand higher education. Deep University Press, Blue Mounds, Wisconsin. ISBN 9781939755186


This book reports on a study conducted in an international college in Thailand that aimed to contribute to our understanding of the transfer of learning from an undergraduate academic literacy programme to the disciplines.

The study adopted a cultural matrix to investigate the interrelationship among students' perceptions of transfer of learning, their personal beliefs about knowledge, knowing and learning, and their secondary school backgrounds.

The findings give partial support for the application of the cultural matrix to transfer of learning, while revealing also an intriguing complexity to the beliefs systems of students who had been exposed to international education. To borrow from linguistics parlance, these multicultural students may code-switch between beliefs systems in much the same manner as multilinguals between languages.

The study makes an original contribution by applying the cultural matrix to learning in a previously unexplored way. In so doing, it aims to generate a general theory of transfer of learning while fostering a culturally pluralistic understanding of learners' beliefs about knowledge and learning and the implications for such transfer. It also advocates an approach that supplements existing classroom-specific pedagogical methods with school-wide cultural management initiatives in order to better effect transfer of learning.

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Item Type: Book (Commonwealth Reporting Category A)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Open Access College
Date Deposited: 16 May 2016 02:48
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2018 05:29
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education; cultural studies; transfer of learning; academic literacy; beliefs systems
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes

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