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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe



Informal Learning

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Posted by Esra Telli

Lifelong Learning in the 21st Century

Indeed, the concept of informal learning has been around for many years preceding the industrial revolution of the nineteenth century in the form of guild support for traditional apprenticeships, and is ubiquitous in the knowledge-based economy of the twenty-first century in the form of cognitive apprenticeship (Collins & Kapur, 2014). What Henschel was most interested in are the social aspects of informal learning embedded in observation, coaching and practice within communities of practice; where communities of practice refers to informal groups that are bound together by a shared repertoire of skills and knowledge, that are applied in a work setting. In this respect, communities of practice represent the guilds of the modern age. Learning in social settings, enabled by communities of practice, can be characterized by the IRL's “Seven Principles of Learning” (Henschel 2001, p. 4), where learners are connected via personal learning networks increasingly facilitated by web and mobile technologies


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Tuesday, 3 October, 2017
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