[AS I read in an article of Paul Fordham at infed.org (infed.org | Informal, non-formal and formal education programmes):
The Coombs typology of educational programmes
Definition (1) Informal Education: ‘…the truly lifelong process whereby every individual acquires attitudes, values, skills and knowledge from daily experience and the educative influences and resources in his or her environment-from family and neighbours, from work and play, from the marketplace, the library and the mass media…’
Definition (2) Formal Education: ‘…the hierarchically structured, chronologically graded “educational system”, running from primary school through the university and including, in addition to general academic studies, a variety of specialized programmes and institutions for full-time technical and professional training.’
Definition (3) Non-Formal Education: ‘…any organized educational activity outside the established formal system-whether operating separately or as an important feature of some broader activity-that is intended to serve identifiable learning clientèle and learning objectives.’ (Coombs et al 1973)]
Well it was an interesting lesson, different for what I have experienced in the University. Although I have already attended training courses and sessions and I am aware of non formal education, experiencing that into the “kingdom” of the formal education troubled me. Which is the best form of education?
Nowadays, non formal education education is becoming more and more popular and there are thousands of training sessions and training courses (e.g. Erasmus+ programs, SALTO e.t.c.). Although, in the past non formal education was supposed not to be certified now there are certifications and Training the Trainers courses and non formal education can be used to teach a wide range of subjects from well-being sessions to history sessions. Even in some schools there are lessons that are thought in that way.
However, the greatest part of our school and University is based on attending lessons, studying and exams and not on activities. Well, although sometimes attending lessons is quite boring and studying is very tiring and exams are stressful, all of them are necessary for teaching some subjects (e.g. maths) and understanding completely for example the science or psychology theories. Well, like my professor combined together the formal and the informal way of teaching, as I mentioned above, I think that we could the same in schools and bring the non formal education closer to students even in Universities. Yes, its true that some schools in some countries have already done it but it should be spread more widely; As, technology has took over our lives and more and more people are get bored of formal education, education system has to be revised effectively to make students being really interested in school education.
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