Title page for ETD etd-07062009-143626

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Yamkovenko, Bogdan Vladimirovich
Author's Email Address byamko1@gmail.com
URN etd-07062009-143626
Title Dispositional Influences on the Internet to Transfer Learning: A Test of a Structural Equation Model
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Human Resource Education Workforce Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Elwood Holton Committee Chair
Michael Burnett Committee Member
Read Bates Committee Member
Satish Verma Committee Member
Suzanne Stauffer Dean's Representative
  • structural equation
  • dispositional
  • personality
  • training
  • transfer
Date of Defense 2009-06-22
Availability unrestricted
The transfer research has evolved to a significant body of works during the last two decades. Many relationships however remain unexplored and unexplained. Among these are dispositional characteristics, which are rarely studied in combination with transfer because of difficulties and inconsistencies in measurement. In addition dispositional characteristic are so numerous that it is often difficult to identify a set of such variable that explain the most variance in transfer of training. This study explores the hypothesized relationship between dimensions of the Five Factor model of personality, goal orientation, self-efficacy and intent to transfer training on the job. Most research articles on the topic focused on a variety of factors influencing transfer. This article attempts to model the complex relationship between these characteristics and intent to transfer using structural equation modeling approach. A set of propositions is presented for each individual variable and its relationship to intent to transfer. Finally, a model of relationships is tested and the results are discussed. The findings revealed that conscientiousness was the only dispositional variable that had a significant relationship to intent to transfer. In addition control variables learner readiness and motivation to transfer were significant in the model. The results suggest that dispositions may not be as important in the transfer system as other constructs like situational, motivational, and ability variables. Recommendations for further research and testing of the model are discussed in the final chapter of the study.

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