Analogical transfer is a type of procedural and declarative knowledge acquisition that means - finding the correspondences between two similar situations and using them to transfer information from the better known to the less known situation. The goal of this study was to investigate interindividual differences in retrieving a relevant example and determinating the corresponding elements in the example and test situation. A series of 3 experiments was conducted to explore whether individuals can solve problems by transferring information gained from schematic pictures and to examine the mechanisms involved in this transfer process. We found that: a, retrieving relevant example is determinated on children 'Å strategy choices; b, the degree of similarity between a source and the target problem affect transfer performance; c, there are at least two different analogical transfer type: sequencial and global.
KEYWORDS: analogical transfer, information accessibility, cognitive strategy