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A collaborative perspective on learning transfer

Nielsen, Klaus (2009) A collaborative perspective on learning transfer. Journal of Workplace Learning 21 (1), pp. 58-70. ISSN 1366-5626.

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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.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Apprenticeships, Denmark, knowledge sharing, learning, learning methods
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Management
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2011 14:37
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2013 10:37

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