DEFINITION: Learning which is embedded in planned activities not explicitly designated as learning (in terms of learning objectives, learning time or learning support). Non-formal learning is intentional from the learner’s point of view.
– non-formal learning outcomes may be validated and lead to certification;
– non-formal learning is sometimes described as semi-structured learning.
SOURCE: Terminology of European education and training policy- a selection of 100 key terms. CEDEFOP, Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2008.
RELATED TERMS: learning, formal learning, informal learning, recognition of prior learning