Informal Learning

Everyday Living

Authored by: Paul Hager

The Routledge International Handbook of Learning

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  May  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415571302
eBook ISBN: 9780203357385
Adobe ISBN: 9781136598562


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This chapter aims to outline the wide and diverse scope of informal learning. It is argued that this is an important kind of learning that hitherto has been unjustly neglected. Informal learning is defined and its scope outlined in the first major section. Following that, key characteristic features of informal learning are considered in some detail. It is argued that recent theorizing of learning serves to highlight the significance of informal learning. The last main section discusses some examples of rich informal learning from everyday living.

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