Transfer of Learning for Evidence-Based Practice in Psychology

  •  Ana L. Jiménez-Pérez    
  •  Eunice Vargas-Contreras    


The aim of this paper is to assess the transfer of learning of students from a master’s degree in psychology through observation of their skills in information assessment and intervention. The participants were 10 incoming students of a professional-aimed master’s program in psychology offered in a Mexican public university. They carried out two types of tasks: a) review of a scientific text and b) interaction in intervention with clients, where the participants were evaluated by observational strategies. The results reflect zero relation between the level of skill displayed by most students in their information assessment skills and their intervention skills, which could suggest a low probability to conduct evidence-based practice. The data presented provide information for the design of graduate programs in order to foster the transfer of learning of these skills, which is essential for evidence-based practice.

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