Formal, non-formal and informal learning: The case of literacy, essential skills and language learning in Canada (2010)

The author explores the differences and the links between formal, non-formal and informal learning. Formal learning is intentional, organized and structured and is often arranged by an institution. Non-formal learning may or may not be intentional and arranged by an institution but it is at least loosely organized. Informal learning is never organized and is thought of as spontaneous and related to experience.

The author looks at these three types of learning in the context of literacy, Essential Skills and the acquisition of second language. She provides examples of how each of the three types of learning could occur in each of these three contexts.

The author concludes that there is value in all kinds of learning; learning is a lifelong endeavour and an interdisciplinary approach to learning is valuable.

The report includes appendices listing provincial and national literacy organizations and heritage and international language associations in Canada.

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978-0-9733594-3-5
Added: 
2010-02-17
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Sarah Elaine Eaton. Formal, non-formal and informal learning: The case of literacy, essential skills and language learning in Canada 2010. Web. 26 Nov. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/eaton/eaton.pdf>
Sarah Elaine Eaton (2010). Formal, non-formal and informal learning: The case of literacy, essential skills and language learning in Canada. Retrieved November 26, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/eaton/eaton.pdf
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