On informal learning,informal teaching, and informal education: Addressing conceptual, methodological,institutional, and pedagogical issues

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Abstract

Informal learning has always been part of humankind, but only in recent decades has it attracted the attention of educational researchers. This chapter examines four challenges (conceptual, methodological,institutional, and pedagogical) related to informal learning. The section on the conceptual challenge addresses the distinctions between informal learning, informal teaching, and informal education, and identifies three forms of informal learning: self-directed, incidental, and tacit. The section on the methodological challenge discusses the difficulties of researching informal learning (particularly incidental and tacit forms), describes an approach to elicit informal learning, and presents a critical analysis of its strengths and limitations. The section on the institutional challenge discusses issues related to the assessment and recognition of informal learning. Finally, the section on the pedagogical challenge highlights the potential of informal education to nurture informal learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMeasuring and Analyzing Informal Learning in the Digital Age
PublisherIGI Global
Pages18-36
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9781466682672, 9781466682665
StatePublished - Apr 30 2015

Keywords

  • Formal education
  • Incidental learning
  • Informal education
  • Informal learning
  • Informal Teaching
  • Non-Formal education
  • Participatory budgeting
  • Self-Directed learning
  • Tacit learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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