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Testing the Effectiveness of Transfer Interventions Using Solomon Four-Group Designs

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Department of Development Policy, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima 739-8529, Japan
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Department of Business and Economics, National Management Degree College, Yangon, Myanmar
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Educ. Sci. 2020, 10(4), 92; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10040092
Received: 24 February 2020 / Revised: 24 March 2020 / Accepted: 26 March 2020 / Published: 30 March 2020
How to enhance the transfer of training remains an important question, and to some extent, post-training interventions can provide an answer. The purpose of this study was to validate inconclusive findings on the effectiveness of two post-training transfer interventions. This study used Solomon four-group design to filter out the effects of pretest sensitization and history, which are threats to the internal and external validity but have rarely been checked in previous transfer studies. Management study undergraduate students were randomly divided into two groups: pretested and unpretested groups. After a time management workshop, the students were randomly subdivided into three additional groups based on the following conditions: full relapse prevention (RP); proximal plus distal goal setting (GS); and the control group. Although results from both intervention groups were not significantly different from those of the control group, a significant difference was found between full RP and proximal plus distal GS in terms of self-reported time-management behavioral change. It is difficult to conclude whether post-training interventions enhance the transfer of training. Further ideas for improving research designs were explored, such as increasing the time intervals between training and interventions so that trainees have opportunities to attempt transfers before the interventions. View Full-Text
Keywords: transfer of training; post-training interventions; transfer enhancement interventions; proximal plus distal goals; relapse prevention; Solomon four-group design transfer of training; post-training interventions; transfer enhancement interventions; proximal plus distal goals; relapse prevention; Solomon four-group design
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Mai, N.N.; Takahashi, Y.; Oo, M.M. Testing the Effectiveness of Transfer Interventions Using Solomon Four-Group Designs. Educ. Sci. 2020, 10, 92. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10040092

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Mai NN, Takahashi Y, Oo MM. Testing the Effectiveness of Transfer Interventions Using Solomon Four-Group Designs. Education Sciences. 2020; 10(4):92. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10040092

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Mai, Nu N., Yoshi Takahashi, and Mon M. Oo. 2020. "Testing the Effectiveness of Transfer Interventions Using Solomon Four-Group Designs" Education Sciences 10, no. 4: 92. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10040092

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