SLHRD Interim Director Reid Bates Co-Publishes Foreign Learning Transfer Study


Dr. Reid Bates, Interim Director of the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD), has co-published, “The use of the Persian translation of the Learning Transfer System Inventory in the context of agricultural sustainability learning in Iran,” along with co-publishers Naser Zamani and Pouria Ataei. The article appears in the International Journal of Training and Development.

The Learning Transfer System Inventory considers 16 factors likely to influence the transfer of training to the workplace. This study uses the Persian translation of the inventory and applies it to agricultural sustainability learning in Iran. The aim is to examine the internal structure and predictive ability of the inventory as translated into Persian.

The agricultural context was chosen because of its importance to Iran and because agricultural human resource interventions have failed to give serious attention to connecting training to practice. A sample of 159 participating farmers were surveyed, and exploratory factor analysis revealed an 11-factor structure among specific scales and a five-factor structure among the general scales. The results indicated that about 82 percent of the variability in the farmers’ sustainability learning transfer is predicted by six inventory factors including motivation to transfer, performance self-efficacy, supervisor support, performance-outcomes expectations, opportunity to use and supervisor sanctions.

The findings suggest that the Persian translation of the inventory has both internal and predictive validity and can be used either as a tool to diagnose training needs or as a means of evaluating existing learning programs. 

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