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Factors that influence transfer of hazardous material training: The perception of selected fire-fighter trainees and supervisors
by Bhati, Divya, Ph.D., University of Central Florida, 2007, 256; 3302936
Abstract (Summary)

This study examined the influence of factors on transfer of training and was based on the work of Broad and Newstrom (1992). For the purpose of this study the Broad and Newstrom (1992) transfer of training barriers are rephrased into positive statements. The nine transfer of training factors are: (1) reinforcement on the job; (2) little interference from immediate (work) environment; (3) supportive organizational culture; (4) trainees’ perception of training programs being practical; (5) trainees’ perception of relevant training content; (6) trainees’ being comfortable with change and associated effort; (7) trainer being supportive and inspiring; (8) trainees’ perception of training being well designed/delivered, and (9) peer support. This study explored the degree to which these factors influenced transfer of training in terms of on-the-job application.

The study found supportive organizational culture to be the strongest predictor of transfer of training to on-the-job application. In addition, the degree of influence of Broad and Newstrom’s (1992) nine factors varied with the thirteen locations. The study also found perception gaps between fire fighter trainees and their supervisor on factors influencing transfer of training. They differed on four factors: Supportive organizational culture, Perception of training programs being practical, Trainer being supportive and inspiring, and Perception of training being well designed/delivered.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sivo, Stephen A., Orwig, Gary
School: University of Central Florida
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 69/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Vocational education
Keywords: Fire-fighter, Firefighter trainees, Hazardous material training, Human performance, Training, Training and performance, Transfer of training
Publication Number: 3302936
ISBN: 978-0-549-48822-4
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