Applying rules and standards accurately: indeterminacy and transfer among adult learners

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Author: Kahn, Joshua D.; Girvan, Erik J.


This article introduces the construct of indeterminacy and describes its effects on transfer in adult education. Indeterminacy is characterized as a type of stimulus-response relationship in which the stimulus evokes a response that requires secondary and/or ongoing judgments as opposed to evoking a concrete, predetermined response. Following a brief overview of research on transfer in which [the authors] highlight the neglect of a systematic study of the construct, [they] review extant literature from different disciplines in which indeterminacy has been recognized as playing an...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Teaching and learning; Workforce development; Performance

Keywords: Adult learning; Transfer of training; Learning process; Decision making; Professional development

Published: San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass, 2017

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Journal volume: 28

Journal number: 1

Journal date: Spring 2017

Pages: pp. 87-112

ISSN: 1044-8004, 1532-1096 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 128.198

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