Definition of Informal Education
Examples of Informal Education
- Reading books
- Watching others perform tasks
Informal Education Pronunciation
Syllabification: in·for·mal ed·u·ca·tion
- American English – /in-fOR-muhl ej-uh-kAY-shuhn/
- British English – /in-fAWm-uhl e-dyu-kAY-shuhn/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ɪnˈfɔrməl ˌɛʤəˈkeɪʃən/
- British English – /ɪnˈfɔːml ˌɛdju(ː)ˈkeɪʃən/
- Plural: informal educations
- Informal education is contrasted to formal education.
- “[W]hat schools do ideologically, culturally, and economically is very complicated and cannot be fully understood by the application of any simple formula. There are very strong connections between the formal and informal knowledge within the school and the larger society with all its inequalities. But since the pressures and demands of dominant groups are highly mediated by the internal histories of educational institutions and by the needs and ideologies of people who actually work in them, the aims and results will often be contradictory as well” (Apple 1990:x–xi).
- anticipatory socialization
- cultural capital
- formal education
- grade inflation
- hidden curriculum
Apple, Michael W. 1990. Ideology and Curriculum. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge.
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “informal education.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 29, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/informal-education/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
informal education. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/informal-education/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “informal education.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 29, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/informal-education/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“informal education.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 29 Sep. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/informal-education/>.