Motivation to transfer learning to multiple contexts

Laurent Testers, Andreas Gegenfurtner, Saskia Brand-Gruwel

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Article in proceedingProfessional

    83 Downloads (Pure)


    To stay up-to-date in contemporary information intensive societies it is important to be able to effectively and efficiently find, evaluate, process and present required information. In educational contexts training in these so-called information literacy competences is mainly the domain of institutional libraries. Essential to education is the long-term transfer of learning, that is the application of newly acquired competencies also outside the training environment. Research learns that this often takes place sparsely, leading to what is called a Transfer Paradox. The aim of this study is to develop a practical instrument for instructional designers to measure the influence of a set of key variables on the learner's motivation to transfer learning to the wider educational and the work context. Two hundred and thirty-four students of the Open University of the Netherlands doing an information literacy course filled out a questionnaire before entering the course. Data was analyzed using factor analyses and hierarchical multiple regression analysis. Results show that the opportunity to apply new learning and sanctions from supervisors are two important factors that influence the learner's motivation to transfer learning in both the study and the work context already before the course has started.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe School Library Rocks: Proceedings of the 44th International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) conference 2015
    EditorsL. Das, S. Brand-Gruwel, J. Walhout, K. Kok
    Place of PublicationHeerlen, the Netherlands
    PublisherOpen Universiteit
    Number of pages15
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015
    Event44th Annual International Conference of the International Association of School Librarianship: The School Library Rocks: Living it, Learning it, Loving it - Maastricht, Netherlands
    Duration: 28 Jun 20152 Jul 2015


    Conference44th Annual International Conference of the International Association of School Librarianship
    Abbreviated titleIASL


    • Motivation to transfer
    • Transfer of learning
    • motivation to transfer
    • information literacy


    Dive into the research topics of 'Motivation to transfer learning to multiple contexts'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this