ERIC Number: ED040485
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Informal Learning. Final Report.
Howell, Richard W.
Some 1750 sketch maps drawn in response to three sets of instructions by residents of, and commuters to, Staten Island and 138 extended interviews with residents suggest that informal learning is largely independent of formal learning. Cognitive maps which individuals form are practical instruments frequently bearing no resemblance to commercial maps of the given area. Generally, areas which are not relevant for individuals are not included on the maps. The most detailed and technically accurate maps were provided by those with a pride in the Island indicating exploration throughout the Island together with study of commercial maps. In this case, everything about the Island appears to be considered relevant, suggesting, in general, that if information is to be meaningfully absorbed it must be seen as having a direct bearing on the real life of the individual. (Author/CJ)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, Staten Island, NY. Richmond Coll.