Hutchins, H. M. & Burke, L.A. (2007). Identifying trainer’s knowledge of training transfer research findings – closing the gap between research and practice. International Journal of Training & Development (11)4. 236-264.
In “Identifying trainer’s knowledge of training transfer research findings – closing the gap between research and practice,” Hutchins & Burke (2007) survey over one hundred training practitioners about knowledge of training transfer in order to assess and characterize the research-to-practice gap on this topic. Hutchins & Burke created a survey to measure practitioner agreement on factors that influence training transfer. In examining the fit between practitioner agreement/disagreement with relevant findings in research, they found that practitioners tend to agree with research findings on the impact of training design and work environment on training transfer, but do not agree as often with findings on the impact of individual differences. Among other limitations, the findings of this study are limited by the sample, as it was chosen from active members of the American Society of Training and Development, an organization intended to keep practitioners updated on current knowledge of the field.