HomeConferences & Think TanksCritical Transitions: Writing and the Question of Transfer ConferenceCritical Transitions Online Recommended Readings Share: Section NavigationSkip section navigationIn this sectionCritical Transitions: Writing and the Question of Transfer Conference Plenary Speakers Call for Proposals Conference Schedule Conference Logistics Critical Transitions Online Week 1: An Introduction to Transfer Theories Week 2: Current Research on Writing and the Question of Transfer Week 3: Future Directions in Studying and Designing for Transfer Recommended Readings Transfer and Learning Studies (Broadly) Baxter-Magolda, M. Making Their Own Way: Narratives for Transforming Higher Education to Promote Self-Development. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, 2001.Baxter-Magolda, Marcia B. Creating Contexts for Learning and Self-Authorship: Constructive-Developmental Pedagogy. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt UP, 1999.Bereiter, Carl and Marlene Scardamalia. Surpassing Ourselves: An Inquiry into the Nature and Implications of Expertise. Chicago: Open Court, 1993.Collins, Harry and Robert Evans. Rethinking Expertise. Chicago: U of Chicago, 2007.Committee on Learning Research and Educational Practice. “How Experts Differ from Novice.” How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School: Expanded Edition Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2000. 31-50.Committee on Learning Research and Educational Practice. “How Experts Differ from Novice.” How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School: Expanded Edition Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2000. 51-78.Cook, Scott D.N. and John Seely Brown. “Bridging Epistemologies: The Generative Dance Between Organizational Knowledge and Organizational Knowing.”Organizational Science. 10(1999). 381-400. Print.Dweck, Carol. Self-Theories: Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Development. Florence, KY: Psychology Press, 2000.Haskell, Robert E.. Transfer of Learning: Cognition, Instruction, and Reasoning. Orlando: Florida, Harcourt, 2001. Print.Hatano, G. and J. G. Greeno. “Commentary: Alternative Perspectives on Transfer and Transfer Studies.” International Journal of Educational Research 31, p. 645-654.Kirsch, D. (2009). Problem solving and situated cognition. In P. Robbins & M. Aydede (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of situated cognition (pp. 264-306). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.Lauder, W., Reynolds, W., & Angus, N. (1999). Transfer of knowledge and skills: Some implications for nursing and nurse education. Nurse Education Today, 19(6), 480-87.Lave, Jean. “Situated Learning in Communities of Practice.” Perspectives on Socially Shared Cognition. Ed. L. Resnick, J. Levine, and S.E. Teasley. Washington DC: APA, 1991. 63-82. Print. McKeough, Anne, Judy Lupart, and Anthony Marini, eds. Teaching for Transfer: Fostering Generalization in Learning. Mahway, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 1995.Mestre, Jose P. Ed. Transfer of learning from a modern multidisciplinary perspective: Current Perspectives on cognition, learning, and instruction. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing, 2005.Meyer, Jan H. F., and Ray Land, eds. Overcoming Barriers to Student Understanding: Threshold Concepts and Troublesome Knowledge. New York: Routledge, 2006.National Research Council. How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and School. National Academies Press, 2000.Pace, David and Joan Middendorf, eds. Decoding the Disciplines: Helping Students Learn Disciplinary Ways of Thinking. New Directions for Teaching and Learning 98 (Summer 2004).Perkins, D. & Salomon, G. (1992). Transfer of learning. International Encyclopedia of Education. 2nd Ed. Boston: Pergamon Press. Retrieved on September 16, 2009, from http://learnweb.harvard.edu/alps/thinking/docs/traencyn.htmSalomon, G. & Perkins, D. N. (1989). Rocky roads to transfer: rethinking mechanisms of a neglected phenomenon. Educational Psychologist, 24, 113-142.Schwartz, D. L., Varma, S., & Martin, L. (2008). Dynamic transfer and innovation. In S. Vosniadou (ed.), International Handbook of Research on Conceptual Change (pp. 479-506). New York: Routledge.Sennett, Richard. The Craftsman. New Haven: Yale UP, 2008.Tishman, S., E. Jay, and D.N. Perkins. “Teaching Thinking Dispositions: From Transmission to Enculturation.” Theory into Practice, 32, p. 147-153.Tuomi-Grohn, “Developmental Transfer as a Goal of Internship in Practical Nursing,” in Between School and Work: New Perspectives on Transfer and Boundary-Crossing (2003).Tuomi-Grohn, Terttu, and Yrjo Engestrom, eds. Between School and Work: New Perspectives on Transfer and Boundary Crossing. Oxford: Pergamon, 2003.Wenger, Etienne. Communities of Practice: Learning, Meaning, and Identity. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1998.Wenger, Etienne, Richard McDermott, and William Snyder. Cultivating Communities of Practice: A Guide to Managing Knowledge. Harvard Business School Press, 2002. Writing Transfer Studies Adler-Kassner, Linda, John Majewski, and Damian Koshnick. “The Value of Troublesome Knowledge: Transfer and Threshold Concepts in Writing and History.” Composition Forum, 26 (2012).Anson, Chris M. “Closed Systems and Standardized Writing Tests,” College Composition and Communication 60.1 (2008): 113-128.Anson, Chris M., and L. Lee Forsberg. “Moving Beyond the Academic Community: Transitional Stages in Professional Writing.” Written Communication 7 (1990): 200-231.Artemeva, Natasha, and Janet Fox. “Awareness Versus Production: Probing Students’ Antecedent Genre Knowledge.” Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 24.4 (2010): 476-515.Bacon, Nora. “The Trouble with Transfer: Lessons from a Study of Community Service Writing.” Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning 6 (1999): 53-62.Bean, John C. 2001. Engaging ideas: the professor’s guide to integrating writing, critical thinking, and active learning in the classroom. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.Beaufort, Anne. College Writing and Beyond: A New Framework for University Writing Instruction. Logan, UT: Utah State UP, 2007.Bereiter, C. and M. Scardamalia. The Psychology of Written Composition. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1987.Bergmann, L., & Zepernick, J. (2007). “Disciplinarity and transference: Students’ perceptions of learning to write.” WPA Journal 31(1/2): 124-149.Boone, Stephanie, Sara Biggs Chaney, Josh Compton, Christiane Donahue, and Karen Gocsik. “Imagining a Writing and Rhetoric Program Based on Principles of Knowledge ‘Transfer’: Dartmouth’s Institute for Writing and Rhetoric.” Composition Forum, 26 (2012).Brady, Ann. “What We Teach and What They Use: Teaching and Learning in Scientific and Technical Communication Programs and Beyond.” Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 21.1 (2007): 37-61.Brent, Doug. “Transfer, Transformation, and Rhetorical Knowledge: Insights from Transfer Theory.” The Journal of Business and Technical Communication (October 2011).Carroll, Lee Ann. Rehearsing New Roles: How College Students Develop as Writers. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 2002.Carter, D. (1993). Critical thinking for writers: Transferable skills or discipline-specific strategies? Composition Studies/Freshman English News 21(1), 86-93.Carter, Michael. “The Idea of Expertise: An Exploration of Cognitive and Social.” College Composition and Communication 41 (1990): 265-86. Print.Charples, Mike, and Bertram Bruce. “Collaborative writing and technological change: Implications for writing practice and system design.” Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) 3 (1995): 225-228.Clark, Irene and Andrea Hernandez. “Genre Awareness, Academic Argument, and Transferability.” The WAC Journal. November 2011.http://wac.colostate.edu/journal/vol22/clark.pdfDevitt,Amy J. Writing Genres. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois UP, 2004.Dias, Patrick, Aviva Freedman, Anthony Pare, and Peter Medway. Worlds Apart: Acting and Writing in Academic and Workplace Contexts. Mawah, NJ: LawrenceErlbaum, 1999.Downs, Douglas, and Elizabeth Wardle. “Teaching about Writing, Righting Misconceptions: (Re)Envisioning ‘First-Year Composition’ as ‘Introduction to Writing Studies.’” CCC 58.4 (2007): 552-584.Driscoll, Dana Lynn. (2011, December 21). Connected, disconnected, or uncertain: Student attitudes about future writing contexts and perceptions of transfer from first year writing to the disciplines. Across the Disciplines, 8(2). Retrieved January 18, 2012, from http://wac.colostate.edu/atd/articles/driscoll2011/index.cfmDriscoll, Dana Lynn, and Jennifer Holcomb Marie Wells. “Beyond Knowledge and Skills: Writing Transfer and the Role of Student Dispositions in and beyond the Writing Classroom.” Composition Forum, 26 (2012).Dyke, J. (2001). Knowledge transfer across disciplines: Tracking rhetorical strategies from technical communication to engineering contexts. Doctoral dissertation, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM.Fishman, Jenn and Mary Jo Reiff. “Taking the High Road: Teaching for Transfer in an FYC Program.” Composition Forum 18 (Summer 2008).Ford, J. D. (2004). Knowledge transfer across disciplines: Tracking rhetorical strategies from a technical communication classroom to an engineering classroom. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication 47, 301-315.Freedman, A., C. Adam, and G. Smart. “Wearing Suits to Class: Simulating Genres and Simulations as Genre.” Written Communication, 11.2 (1994): 192-226.Haas, C. (1994). Learning to read biology: One student’s rhetorical development in college. Written Communication, 11(1), 43-84.Herrington, A., & Curtis, M. (2000). Persons in process: Four stories of writers and personal development in college Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.Hollis, Elizabeth Mary. The Things They Carried: Conceptions of Transfer in Composition Studies. Unpublished Masters Thesis. 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University preparation for workplace writing: An exploratory study of the perception of students in three disciplines. Journal of Business Communication, 42(2), 195-218.Smart, G. and N. Brown. “Learning Transfer or Transforming Learning? Student Interns Reinventing Expert Writing Practices in the Workplace.” Technostyle 18, p. 117-141Smit, David W. The End of Composition Studies. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois UP, 2004.Sternglass, M. (1997). Time to know them: A longitudinal study of writing and learning at the college level. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.Taczak, Kara. “The Question of Transfer.” Composition Forum, 26 (2012).Thaiss, Chris and Teey Meyers Zawacki. Engaged Writers and Dynamic Disciplines: Research on the Academic Writing Life. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook, 2006.Wardle, Elizabeth. “Understanding ‘Transfer’ from FYC: Preliminary Results of a Longitudinal Study” WPA Journal 31.1-2, 2007.Wardle, Elizabeth. ” ‘Mutt’ Genres and the Goal of FYC: Can We Help Students Write the Genres of the University?” CCC 60.4 (2009).Wardle, Elizabeth. “Can Cross-Disciplinary Links Help Us Teach ‘Academic Discourse’ in FYC?” Across the Disciplines 2 (2004).Wardle, Elizabeth. “Creative Repurposing for Expansive Learning: Considering ‘Problem-Exploring’ and ‘Answer-Getting’ Dispositions in Individuals and Fields.” Composition Forum, 26 (2012).Yancey, Kathleen. “Coming to Terms: Vocabulary as a Means of Defining First-Year Composition.” In Patrick Sullivan and Howard Tinburg, eds., What is College-Level Writing? Urbana, IL: NCTE, 2006: 267-80.Yancey, Kathleen. “The Literacy Demands of Entering the University.” In L. Christenbury, R. Bomer, and P. Smagorinsky, eds., Handbook on Adolescent Literacy Research. 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