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Transfer of Learning from Preparation Program to Practice: Toward a Pedagogy of Transfer


2010 2010

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Abstract (summary)

The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of participation in an educational leadership preparation program on the actual practice of school leaders and to identify how their experience in the preparation program supported their learning. Principals reported that their pre-service preparation influenced their leadership in ways that are associated with leader effectiveness but also indicated that the context played a role in determining how they activated their learning. The research on transfer and learning suggests that conceptual learning, abstraction, dissonance, and reflection play an important role; this study provides empirical evidence that each of these cognitive processes was a critical part of learning and contributed to long-term transfer. The pedagogical orientation of the program, and specifically the integration of concepts of constructivism and mastery orientation, supported the development of propositional and process knowledge. Perhaps equally important was metaprocess learning as individuals developed greater understanding of themselves, their ability to critically reflect, and a greater sense of self-efficacy, skills that contributed to continued learning after completion of the program. In terms of instructional strategies, reading was surprisingly important as a source of propositional knowledge but the data suggest that strategies that enabled the students to understand the ideas and situate them in the school environment contributed to metacognitive processing and were responsible for in-depth and lasting learning. The findings here also provide support for understanding transfer from a social constructivist perspective. This literature points to importance of identity and the study generates some evidence that learning is shaped by prior learning and experience, two areas that are relatively unexplored in the research.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Educational leadership;
Pedagogy;
School administration;
Professional development
Classification
0449: Educational leadership
0456: Pedagogy
0514: School administration
Identifier / keyword
Education; Context; Leadership development; Preparation program; Transfer of learning
Title
Transfer of Learning from Preparation Program to Practice: Toward a Pedagogy of Transfer
Author
Newman, Francine
Number of pages
258
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0086
Source
DAI-A 72/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124543826
Advisor
Osterman, Karen
University/institution
Hofstra University
University location
United States -- New York
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3448576
ProQuest document ID
860821768
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/860821768
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