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Alan Rogers looks at learning (formal, nonformal and informal) and examines the hidden world of informal (unconscious, unplanned) learning. He points out the importance of informal learning for creating tacit attitudes and values, knowledge and skills which influence (conscious, planned) learning – formal and non-formal. Moreover, he explores the implications of informal learning for educational planners and teachers in the context of lifelong learning. While mainly aimed at adult educators, the book’s arguments apply also to schooling and higher education, in both industrialised societies and developing countries where large numbers of children and adults are not and have not been in school and so rely on informal learning to manage change.
Professor Alan Rogers, has worked in adult education in Western and developing country contexts for over forty years; he is Visiting Professor, School of Education & Lifelong Learning, at the universities of East Anglia and Nottingham, UK, and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge.
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Study Guides in Adult Education
Adult Education Quarterly 66/2016
In conclusion, Rogers calls for a revision of the way we look at learning in order to cease interpreting it as what happens in agency-organised contexts and open its meaning to all learning, with special attention to what goes on outside plannedlearning experiences.
International Review of Education 61/2015
The base of the iceberg […] is a thick and deep theoretical discussion on education by Alan Rogers, a well-known author in the field.
International Review of Education – Journal of Lifelong Learning 5/2015