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Informal Learning

Learning experiences can be placed on a continuum from informal situations such as a conversation with a friend to formal environments such as workshops and courses. Many school and public library, museum, and nature center activities are informal.

Informal learning is often associated with free-choice, out-of-school inquiries. However it can also occur in classroom settings when students seek out learning opportunities beyond formal assignment requirements. For instance, children may learn by observing a class pet, enjoying a book in the leisure reading area, or participating in a discussion at recess.

Teachers and librarians can build environments that promote informal learning. For instance, a traditional bulletin board could be turned into an interactive area to explore new ideas. Displays associated with course content can extend subject area learning.

eye means readRead Key Word: Informal Learning in THE BLUE BOOK by Callison and Preddy, 395-400.

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