Toward a theoretical model of dispositional influences on transfer of learning: A test of a structural model

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This study explores the hypothesized relationship between dimensions of the Five Factor model of personality, goal orientation, self-efficacy, and intent to transfer training on the job. This study attempts to model the complex relationship between these characteristics and intent to transfer using structural equation modeling approach. A set of propositions is presented for each individual variable and its relationship to intent to transfer. Finally, a model of relationships is tested and the results are discussed. The findings revealed that conscientiousness was the only dispositional variable that had a significant relationship to intent to transfer. In addition, control variables, learner readiness and motivation to transfer, were significant in the model. The results suggest that dispositions may not be as important in the transfer system as other constructs like situational, motivational, and ability variables. Recommendations for further research and testing of the model are discussed.

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