Transfer Types

Near transfer

Far transfer

Vertical

Lateral

Situations are visually or perceptually similar and response is automatically triggered

Situations are conceptually similar and rule must be abstracted.

Aspects of an initial skill is used to build more advanced skills

Knowledge of one task helps to learn another, but is not necessary

 

 

Near/Far Transfer Continuum

 

Near

Less Near

Less Far

Far

piano to piano

piano to organ

piano to harp

piano to woodwind

chevy to chevy

chevy to ford

chevy to truck

chevy to boat

adding columns to adding columns

adding columns to adding in a line

adding columns to adding in algebra

adding columns to working a word problem on adding

 

 

Types of Transfer Examples

Vertical

Lateral

Transfer from learning to multiply to learning to raise numbers to a power (like squaring, cubing, etc.)

Transfer from learning to multiply in base ten to multiplying in base two.

Transfer from knowing how to sew to knowing how to embroider

Transfer from knowing how to sew with thread to knowing how to sew with rawhide strips

Transfer from knowing how to use a jack to being able to change a tire

Transfer from knowing how to use one type of jack to being able to use a different type of jack that uses the same idea

 

Near

Far

Transfer from using one type of coffee mug to another type of mug

Transfer drinking hot coffee from a mug to drinking hot coffee out of a thermos (rule - don't burn yourself)

Transfer from using one shuttle bus to another

Transfer from reading the shuttle bus schedule to reading an airline schedule

Transfer from using a knife and fork to using a different size of knife and fork

Transfer from using a knife and fork to using chopsticks

 

 

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