EDAE 668 - Cognitive Theory and Learning Transfer

  • 3 credits

We will investigate prior and current work in cognitive science that informs us how learning occurs. Concepts such as schema theory, scaffolding, and cultural influences lead to or inhibit the transfer or application of knowledge and skills outside of the learning environment. How we can use these concepts to enrich the learning experience and transfer will be developed through papers and presentations on current literature and application.


EDAE 620 (Processes and Methods); EDAE 624 (Adult Teaching and Learning I) or written consent of instructor.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • How the Brain Learns, 5th Ed. (2011)
    Sousa, D.A.
    ISBN: 9781412997973
  • Learning Transfer in Adult Education. New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 137. (2013)
    Kaiser, L.M.R., Kaminski, K., & Foley, J.M.
    ISBN: 9781118640951
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Ed. (2010)
    American Psychological Association
    ISBN: 978-1433805615

Learning Transfer in Adult Education. New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, Issue 137 is also available at Wiley online at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ace.v2013.137/issuetoc


Karen Kaminski
Karen Kaminski

(970) 491-3713 | karen.kaminski@colostate.edu

Dr. Karen Kaminski has been part of the Master of Education with a Specialization in Adult Education and Training since 1999. She has years of experience as an instructional designer helping faculty to prepare to teach via distance technology. Karen's research focus is on instructional design, evaluation, and learning transfer. In addition to traditional courses, she facilitates sessions on group work, communication, and collaboration and consults in the areas of instructional design and development, assessment and evaluation, and instructional technology.