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Journal of Catholic Education


Preparing employees to become stewards of the Marianist values and charisms has become a priority at a Marianist institution because employees impact the institution’s environment and faculty and staff directly impact student learning. To date, there is a lack of research conducted among employees of a Marianist institution on how new understandings of institutional mission get transferred to their jobs. Additionally, there is a lack of empirical studies that examine what enhances and hinders the transfer of such understanding. Using the Multidimensional Model of Learning Transfer as a theoretical framework, the purpose of this qualitative study is to explore the extent to which employees attending an eight-month formation are able to transfer the newly acquired knowledge to their professional lives and to understand what hinders and enhances their transfer of knowledge. Findings reveal that participants transfer some of the knowledge to their positions. Based on these findings, the researcher offers recommendations to increase the transfer of new religious understanding.

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The Journal of Catholic Education (formerly Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice), hosted by Loyola Marymount University, is an open access journal representing Catholic colleges and universities, Catholic education leaders, and scholars from a variety of disciplines who are collectively committed to contributing research and encouraging best practice in Catholic elementary, secondary, and higher education by advancing the field of Catholic educational research.

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Loyola Marymount University



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Learning transfer, Catholic University, Marianist Education, Higher education



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