Exploring new ways of
reviewing and transfer
Dr. Roger Greenaway, Reviewing Skills Training
It is likely that reflection (reviewing) and transfer are critical to
the success of all programmes. This is especially true when the
learning is active and experiential. Techniques will
be supported by handouts, others by web references. You will be able to
influence the balance between quantity and quality. You will have the
opportunity to sample all techniques as a participant.
angles on reviewing
reviewing methods. Making models, diagrams and doodles big enough to
step into them and experience and explore them from within.
bodies, moving minds.
If people always sit in the same place and adopt the same posture in
reviews, getting stuck is easy. Just how much can physical movement
help to free up thinking and learning and seeing things from new
Whatever their originator’s intent, linear sequential models
in practice kill off the intuitive and multi-linear parallel processing
capabilities of the brain. What we experience during reflection
matters, as does how we reflect during experience.
Models are good at simplifying complex realities. What is lost in this
simplifying process is represented by the Joker. The Joker helps people
see the territory beyond the map and frees people from living in Lego
cards (1). A visual and
playful way of making theory practical.
New angles on Transfer
are masters of
transfer (writes Prof. Robert
Haskell). How much creativity is involved in successful transfer?
language of transfer.
Even the term ‘far transfer’ implies copying. Maybe
the terms ‘translating’ or
‘transforming’ more accurately capture what we
really mean by ‘transfer’? Does this take action
planning into new territory? What does ‘transformation
planning’ look like?
and how this is different to making learning stick.
cards (2): how transfer
happens throughout any cycle, and why learners should lead with their
strongest suit during transfer.
mapping and engaging representatives of the entire network that will
benefit from successful transfer.
reviewing assists transfer -
near and far.