Learnerships offer opportunities for economically disadvantaged people to become qualified professionals in the ECD field. Learnerships challenge established ways of teaching methods. One of the biggest challenges is to ensure that the training is translated into performance in the working environment, namely the ECD sites.
Teaching for transfer is one of the most important goals in education. Learners should gain knowledge and skills that they can use and apply in the workplace. Holton’s (1996) transfer of learning model suggests that three crucial factors affect transfer of learning: motivation to transfer, transfer design and transfer climate. Learning is expected to lead to individual performance change only when these three primary influences on transfer behavior are at appropriate or optimum levels. The question is firstly what motivates people to change their behavior and implement what they have learned, secondly which learning and teaching strategies or training design contributes to people’s ability to transfer learning and thirdly what kind of organizational environment supports people and is conducive to the application of learning in the workplace.
I plan on doing a research paper and will focus on the influence of the ECD sites (resources, support, etc) on the transfer of learning. What is the influence of the workplace climate? The principles theory suggests that training should focus on the general principles necessary to learn a task so that the learner can apply them to solve problems in the transfer environment. The transfer climate influences the extent to which the person can use learned skills or knowledge in the workplace. Organizational theory describes the type of organizational climate that will support transfer of training.