Why do my students find it so hard to apply their knowledge?

Rob concludes: Maybe we should just admit that far transfer isn’t likely to happen, and focus on helping students get the specific, contextual training they need to get the skills they want and need.

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Application of knowledge to another context is one of the holy grails of teaching – it means that your students can take what they have learnt in your classroom beyond the confines of those walls. In cognitive science literature, this is referred to as transfer, and is by now a well-researched concept. In this blog, Rob McEntarffer examins a fascinating paper by cogsci gurus Kirschner, De Bruyckere and Hulshoff on the topic.

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