Saturday, June 16, 2012
On May 9th, I lamented that professionals in adult education tend to focus on formal learning and ignore nonformal and informal learning. Well, either I am quite the trendsetter, or it is time for me to eat a little crow. The latest edition of Adult Learning provides an article on Implementing Writing Support Circles with Adult Learners in a Nonformal Education Setting: Priority, Practice, and Process. Then, I was checking out the workshops for the AECT conference coming up this fall and found at least one workshop that seems dedicated to informal learning. Granted, these are just drops in the bucket compared to what all is out there, but it makes me hopeful to see that there are some out there giving these topics some attention. After all, the great bulk of what adults learn in a lifetime comes from nonformal and informal sources.