Informal learning

DEFINITION 1: Learning resulting from daily activities related to work, family or leisure. It is not organised or structured in terms of objectives, time or learning support. Informal learning is in most cases unintentional from the learner’s perspective.

– informal learning outcomes do not usually lead to certification but may be validated and certified in the framework of recognition of prior learning schemes;
– informal learning is also referred to as experiential or incidental/ random 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.



DEFINITION 2: Forms of learning that are intentional or deliberate but are not institutionalized. They are less organized and structured than either formal or non-formal education. Informal learning may include learning activities that occur in the family, in the work place, in the local community, and in daily life, on a self-directed, family-directed or socially-directed basis.


RELATED TERMS: learning, formal learning,informal learning, non-formal learning, recognition of prior learning

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