A few years ago I started exploring the differences between formal, non-formal and informal learning. The result was a couple of research reports and blog posts, including this one which has been viewed over 250,000 times. For those who like their information in bite-sized pieces, here is a quick synopsis of some of the key points for you in a handy infographic:
Here’s a free, downloadable .pdf of this infographic that you can use for your own research or teaching purposes: Formal, non-formal and informal learning.compressed
It is important to note that this infographic is intended to give a quick snapshot of some of the most basic differences. A quick snapshot like this gives you a quick picture, but not the whole picture. There are more differences than what one infographic can show. Also, the lines between formal, non-formal and informal learning can be blurry sometimes. Understanding the differences deeply will probably require more reading. To help you learn more, I’ve included a number of other posts, some of which link to full-length reports.
Check out these related posts:
- Formal, Non-formal and Informal Learning: What Are the Differences? http://wp.me/pNAh3-q2
- Formal, Non-formal and Informal Learning in the Sciences http://wp.me/pNAh3-gX
- 10 Characteristics of Informal Learning http://wp.me/pNAh3-1gJ
- The many faces of non-formal learning http://wp.me/pNAh3-b7
- Formal, non-formal and informal learning: The case of literacy and language learning in Canada http://wp.me/pNAh3-C
- Formal, Non-formal and Informal Learning: A podcast http://wp.me/pNAh3-or
- Breathtaking Impact of Volunteers’ Contribution to Non-formal and Informal Literacy Education in Alberta http://wp.me/pNAh3-AK
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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.