Informal Learning

Informal Learning

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Learning that takes place in daily life without clearly stated objectives. The term refers to a lifelong process whereby every individual acquires attitudes, values, skills and knowledge from daily experiences and the educative influences and resources in his environment. It is not necessarily intentional learning, and as such may not even be recognized by the individuals themselves as contributing to their knowledge and skills.[1]

See also: Formal Learning, Non-Formal Learning

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Informal Learning: Overlooked or Overhyped? Article that stresses the importance for organizations to exploit opportunities offered by informal learning in order to achieve their goals. The article describes different kinds of informal learning which can occur in the modern workplace: some of them include the use of new technology for information exchange whereas others demand face-to-face interaction.


  1. UN Economic and Social Council, CEP/AC.13/2004/8/Add.2; (5 March 2008), Informal Learning: Overlooked or Overhyped? (31 March 2010)