Informal Learning

Informal learning can be imparted at various places including home, work place. It can also be imparting in your day to day interactions and intermingling within the society. This form of education has also been included in the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development). Informal learning often includes mastering the language and cultural norms, rituals and mannerisms. It is often an ongoing process which can be done after school. It is also imparted in youth programs at community centers as well as in media labs.

Informal learning modules never follow a specific curriculum. They may take place occasionally depending on the need of the hour. The training is not always systematic and subject specific. Instead it is more or less incidental and uses a holistic approach to the issue. Informal education is known to be effective in situation management and is apt for life studies. This form of education is often on the spot and not planned. It is rightly called a ‘natural’ function. In the early 19th century the idea of ‘education through recreation’ gained wide precedence. The 20th century witnessed the inclusion of young adults to this idea. However the focus was mainly on physical activities. According to L.P. Jacks, education through recreation is: “A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play, his labour and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself he always seems to be doing both. Enough for him that he does it well.”

Education through recreation is a concept where the student can master things by gaining inspiration from everyday activities. This concept has inspired the University of Western Ontario and presently it makes use of this concept to impart anatomy training to its students.