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.

This course can be applied toward:


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. (2017)
    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, 7th Ed. (2020)
    American Psychological Association

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


Kalpana Gupta
Kalpana Gupta


Kalpana Gupta received her Ed.D. in Adult & Post-Secondary Education from the University of Wyoming. Dr. Gupta is an Assistant Professor in the Adult Education and Training program and brings previous experience as an adjunct Professor in Adult Education programs at Regis University in Denver, where she was also interim Department Chair, the University of Wyoming, and the University of Central Oklahoma. Her research areas of interest include faculty development, creating inclusive learning environments, accelerated learning, neuroscience, and transformative learning. She specializes in curriculum and program design and hybrid and online delivery methods. Dr. Gupta looks forward to collaborating with students and colleagues to contribute to the literature, promote effective teaching and learning for adult learners, and to elicit the personal and professional development of every individual.

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