Date of Award
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Master of Science in Education (MSEd)
Science and Mathematics Education
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Far transfer is the application of knowledge learned in one setting to a problem in a very different setting. This multi-method study looked at far transfer in humans and whether it could be facilitated, inhibited, or remain unaffected by the number of courses or years a student at a university spent learning about the subject matter of the knowledge being transferred. Through quantitative and qualitative analysis of pretest and post-test data from an introductory undergraduate earth science course, I found that students with more physical science background experience more frequently engaged in successful and accurate transfer of physics information to novel questions relating to plate tectonics. I also found evidence that a high amount of previous physical science experience seemed to promote transfer later in the earth science course. However, due to the sample size of the analyzed student responses, I believe that my results are preliminary and I encourage more research to be done on the topic with larger sample sizes.
Hummel-Hall, Graham H., "Echoes of the Past: The Effect of Background Experience on Far Transfer" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2861.