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This article tracks the emergence of the concept of “transfer talk”—a concept distinct from transfer of learning—and teases out the implications of transfer talk for theories of transfer of learning. The concept of transfer talk was developed through a systematic examination of 30 writing center transcripts and is defined as “the talk through which individuals make visible their prior learning (in this case, about writing) or try to access the prior learning of someone else.” In addition to including a taxonomy of transfer talk and analysis of which types occur most often in this set of conferences, this article advances two propositions about the nature of transfer of learning: (1) transfer of learning may have an important social, even collaborative, component and (2) although meta-awareness about writing has long been recognized as valuable for transfer of learning, more automatized knowledge may play an important role as well.
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Nowacek, Rebecca; Bodee, Bridget; Douglas, Julia E.; Fitzsimmons, William V.; Hausladen, Katherine A.; Knowles, Megan; and Nugent, Molly, "“Transfer Talk” in Talk about Writing in Progress: Two Propositions about Transfer of Learning" (2019). English Faculty Research and Publications. 538.
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