Integrative knowledge threshold concepts• Transfer is a cycle: experience, metacognition, communication.
- Transfer happens within and between disciplines and co-curricular experiences. Communication both demonstrates that transfer is occuring and promotes systhesis of knowledge and experience.
- Instructors must be explicit about what type of knowledge/experience that they want students to transfer, where that knowledge/experience is coming from, and where it is being transferred to.
- Students need enough relevant knowledge before they can transfer meaningfully. Comprehension comes before transfer; students who are struggling to comprehend knowledge will also struggle to transfer it. Students must also be taught how to evaluate the types of knowledge/experience that are appropriate to transfer in a given context.
- We all transfer knowledge in our daily lives, but are not necessarily aware we are doing it. Meaningful transfer requires awareness that transfer is occuring. Learning to transfer requires making the process explicit, and as students develop proficiency, transfer becomes more implicit.
Integrative Knowledge Assignment Guide, California State University, Monterey Bay
Integrative Knowledge Rubric, California State University, Monterey Bay