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EDP 310 Non-Formal Learning

by: Brooke Blacker

EDP 310 Non-Formal Learning EDP 310

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Running head: THE VALUE OF NON-FORMAL LEARNING 1 Bell Brooke Bell Arizona State University The Value of Learning Outside of the Classroom  THE VALUE OF NON-FORMAL LEARNING 2 Bell Learning outside of the classroom brings so many more opportunities to students as they  develop throughout their childhood as opposed to learning in the restricted area of the classroom. Students are able to explore and learn different things for themselves as they explore new  concepts outside of the classroom. “What is often overlooked or underestimated is the potential  for science learning in non­school settings, where people spend majority of their time.”  (Robelen) Personally, I think children will benefit from learning outside of the classroom  because it makes learning more engaging and they are able to find new things that might interest  them that they probably wouldn’t while sitting in a classroom being taught by a teacher.  Learning outside of the classroom has many values, and advocates say that it makes learning  more relevant and realistic. Research conducted by Braund, University of York, and Reiss,  professor at the University of London, concluded that it is highly important to take students on  field trips and promote informal learning, out­of­school work, and learning at home, in an effort  for students to fully grasp what is happening in modern science. (Swift)  Reflecting back on my childhood and the experiences I had throughout my education, the most memorable times I had were spent outside of the classroom. Going on field trips, for me,  was exciting and something to look forward to. It made me excited about learning something  new and being able to experience it first hand. The most memorable time I had was when I went  on a field trip to Catalina Island in with the entire 6  grade class. It made learning about science  fun and I realized it was more effective being able to experience it first hand and make  discoveries on my own. That exposure helped me grow in many aspects as I took risks and  engaged with the environment around me.  THE VALUE OF NON-FORMAL LEARNING 3 Bell From the research I have done on the value of learning outside of the classroom, I realize  that majority of people on the matter believe that learning outside of the classroom is extremely  beneficial for students. The more senses that are involved in learning, the more beneficial and  better the learning will be, but that doesn’t mean that concrete experience is the only effective  way of learning. In order to help each learner in the development, there must be a balance  between concrete and abstract experience in order to address all of the learner’s needs.  Although research shows that learning outside of the classroom is an effective means of  learning for students, there are challenges in evaluating just how much students gain from this  experience. “Advocates for informal learning emphasize that it is vital not simply to align  measures for out­of­school learning with the focus on standardized achievement tests so  prevalent in public education.” (Robelen) Experts suggest that there is still a long way to go in  finding a valuable form of evaluation for this form of education. For example, Kevin Crowley,  the director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Out­Of­School Environments states that  we are just beginning to find theory­based, reliable measures to evaluate non­formal learning.  From researching the issue of evaluating students through non­formal learning, I think  that teachers could evaluate their students through reflection on their experience of learning  outside the classroom. After students go on a field trip or do other kinds of science learning  outside of the classroom, I believe it could be effective for the teacher to evaluate what or how  much his or her students learned during that experience in a classroom discussion where students talk about what they learned.  The use of different environments for learning is important in the learning process and  makes the most memorable learning experiences for students. The connection students make  THE VALUE OF NON-FORMAL LEARNING 4 Bell during this type of education links feelings and learning, which help the students make sense of  the world around them. Learning outside of the classroom can happen anywhere, at anytime, and  it enables young people to construct their own ideas and learning and live successfully in the  world that surrounds them, which will carry with them for many years.  THE VALUE OF NON-FORMAL LEARNING 5 Bell Works Cited Department for Education and Skills (2006) Learning Outside the Classroom ManifestoSwift, M. (2010). Learning Outside of the Classroom, ASCD, 52, 10 Edgar Dales Cone of Experience, retrieved from­cone­of­ experience.html  Erik W. Robelem (2011), Role of Science Learning Outside of School Grows, Education Week,  retrieved from ­­               informaloverview.h30.html  Swift, M. (2010). Learning Outside of the Classroom, ASCD, 52, 10.  Retrieved From:­ update/oct10/vol52/num10/Learning­Outside­the­Classroom.aspx


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