Transfer of Learning from a Constructivist Perspective

  • Manfred Prenzel
  • Heinz Mandl
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 105)


According to Resnick (1989, p. 8) transfer of learning is the holy grail of educators — everyone is in search of it, but researchers hoping to find it have been dissappointed after every new experiment or reform program to date. In her research survey, Resnick (Resnick, 1991) is obviously sceptical of the idea that traditional transfer research will be able to solve the educational, or rather, instructional problem of teaching widely applicable knowledge and skills. A major feature of the grail’s myth is, in Resnick’s opinion, the commonly held conception among educators and cognitive scientists that skills and knowledge are represented in a person independent of the contexts in which they have been acquired, thus enabling the person to apply acquired knowledge regardless of the situation.


Constructivist Approach Situation Model Application Context Constructivist Perspective Knowledge Application 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manfred Prenzel
    • 1
  • Heinz Mandl
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Empirische Pädagogik und Pädagogische PsychologieUniversität MünchenMünchenGermany

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