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Approaches to Training and Development by Elwood F. Holton, Dugan Laird, Sharon Naquin

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Enhancing Transfer of Learning

Training Transfer

This chapter focuses on transfer of learning. Although there are multiple definitions of transfer, it is generally agreed that the transfer of learning involves the application, generalization, and maintenance of new knowledge and skills (Ford and Weissbein 1997). Training and development professionals have traditionally focused on learning as an outcome, and mostly on learning design as their way to influence outcomes. Performance-oriented training and development fundamentally changes this. In fact, we endorse the following statements:
• The transfer of learning into job performance is just as important, if not more important, than learning.
• Without attention to transfer, good learning ...

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