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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/2735

Title: Adults' informal learning: definitions, findings, gaps and future research
Authors: Livingstone, David W.
Keywords: informal learning
self-directed learning
adult education
adult learning
education work relationships
educational research
experiential learning
informal education
intentional learning
lifelong learning
national surveys
outcomes of education
research methodology
research needs
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: Centre for the Study of Education and Work, OISE/UT
Series/Report no.: NALL Working Paper;21
Abstract: This paper offers an examination of different conceptions of informal learning and the issues and limitations associated with alternative definitions of informal learning. A review of relevant empirical research on the estimated extent, role and outcomes of informal learning, and posited linkages between informal and formal methods of learning, as well as a critical assessment of current research approaches to studying informal learning and identification of policy-relevant knowledge gaps concerning the general level and nature of informal learning is also provided. The paper offers a recommendation of optimal approaches to future research on informal learning practices with a particular focus on survey research in Canada
URI: http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/depts/sese/csew/nall/res/21adultsifnormallearning.pdf
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