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Informal Education is a general term for education that can occur outside of a structural curriculum. Informal Education encompasses student interests and choices within curriculum in a regular classroom, but is not limited to that setting. It works through conversation, and the exploration and enlargement of experience. Sometimes there is a clear objective link to some broader plan, but not always. The goal is to provide learners with the tools he or she needs to eventually reach more complex material. It can refer to various forms of "alternative education, such as:

Informal Education consists of accidental and purposeful ways of collaborating over new information. It can be discussion based and focuses on bridging the gaps between traditional classroom settings and life outside of the classroom.

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Role of Informal Education[edit]

In the center of informal education concepts is situated the individual. The reaction of different persons to similar information can be different in each case this is why it can't be predicted or controlled. Informal education is the least controlled, that's why this type of education cannot be excluded from an individual's life. Ability to react in different situations. Ability to understand and control new situations. A complete understanding of self and group needs an necessities. Combination of certain social entities than has a base goal education. Informal Education may be viewed as the learning that comes as a part of being involved in youth and community organisations. In these settings there are specialist workers or educated whose job is to encourage people to think about experiences and situations. This education is a spontaneous process helping people to learn. Its helps to cultivate communities, associations and relationships that make for human flourishing.

Characteristics of Informal Education[edit]

  1. Informal Education looks to create or deepen situations where people can learn, explore and enlarge experiences, and make changes.
  2. It does not always have a normal curriculum. It is an environment where everyone learns together and scaffold off each other.
  3. Understanding that the activity can be based on any form of learning, the teaching does not have to be deliberate, more so implied. We give students the tools to do complex materials over time, rather than teaching the complex material and then giving the tools.
  4. Focusing on the social aspects of learning, and how important collaborative learning is, students build off each other.
  5. The tools students are given are tangible for the processes in which they will be applied to? Bridging the gap between school and life.
  6. Allowing students a choice in learning, and how to approach the learning.
  7. Make their learning accessible in their every day lives and their future lives.

Informal Education offers the following[edit]

  1. Responsiveness when interact with environment.
  2. Possibility to freely act in unknown situation.
  3. Possibility of an individual learning, without any obligations.
  4. Free choice and change of interest.
  5. Freedom of self formation.
  6. Develop the human learning

Conversation[edit]

Informal Education is driven by conversation and being with others. It develops through spending time with people - sharing in their - and listening and talking. Catherane Blyth has described conversation has "the spontaneous business of making connections" (Blyth 2008:4). It involves connecting with both ideas and other people. " Conversation changes the way you see the world, and even changes the world" (Zeldin 1999:3).

When we put conversation at the center of education it leads to exchange of thoughts which doesn't have predetermined curriculum or plan. In conversation we, as educated, have to catch moment where we can say or do something to deepen people's thinking's or put it themselves in touch with there feelings. For the most part, we do not have lesson plans to follow, we respond to situations, to experiences.

Spontaneity - Exploring and Enlarging Experience[edit]

All educated should attend to experience and encourage people to reflect, informal educators are thrown in to this. As John Dewey once wrote, "the business of education might be defined as Emancipation and Enlargement of Experience". (1933:340).

Anywhere, Anytime[edit]

Such conversations and activities can take place anywhere and that anytime. Informal education works through and is driven by, conversation it is spontaneous and involves exploring and enlarging experience. It can takes place in any settings.

Purpose of Informal Education[edit]

The purpose of informal education is no different to any other form of education in one situation it may focus on healthy eating, in another family relationship.However, running through all these is a concerns to build the sorts of communities and relationships in which people can be happy and fulfilled. The values and behaviors needed for conversations to take place requires co-operation and neighborliness, co-operation and democracy are to flourish.

Informal Education tends to emphasise certain values it includes[edit]

  1. Work for the well being of all.
  2. Respect the unique value and dignity of each human being.
  3. Dialogue.
  4. Equality and justice.
  5. Democracy and the active involvement of people in the issues that affect their life. (Jeff and Smith 2005:95-6)

Informal Education focuses on values. There is no curriculum or guiding plan for a lot of work.

Advantages[edit]

  1. Ability to react in different situations.
  2. Ability to understand and control new situations.
  3. A complete understanding of self and group needs an necessities.
  4. Combination of certain social entities than has a base goal education.

Informal Education may be viewed as the learning that comes as a part of being involved in youth and community organisations. In these settings there are specialist workers or educated whose job is to encourage people to think about experiences and situations. This education is a spontaneous process helping people to learn. Its helps to cultivate communities, associations and relationships that make for human flourishing.

Informal Educators work in many different kinds of settings with individuals and groups who choose to engage with them.[1] The "mass media (including television, video games, magazines, etc.),[2] "museums, "libraries, "zoos, after-school groups and other community-based organizations and cultural institutions offer forms of informal education.

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References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ YMCA George Williams College handbook (1998:4)
  2. ^ Falk, John H. (2001). Science Education: How We Learn Science Outside of School. New York: Teachers College "ISBN 0-8077-4064-0
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