chapter  9
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Exceptional Learners and Teaching for Transfer

One of the primary goals of education is to assist students in developing their learning potential to the maximal degree. An important assumption is that learning accomplished within the classroom will prepare the student to function independently and successfully in out-of-school contexts and particularly later in adult life. The role of the teacher is to provide instructional experiences that will not only facilitate learning but also facilitate the transfer of acquired knowledge and skills beyond the initial learning context to new circumstances and for differing purposes. This emphasis has been particularly evidenced in the recent literature on teaching for transfer, and it is generally affirmed that the study of transfer of learning has important theoretical and pedagogical implications (Butterfield & Nelson, 1989; Connier & Hagman, 1987; Singley & Anderson, 1989).