ERIC Number: ED113295
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Informal Learning. Fastback 44.
King, Martha L.
This pamphlet on informal learning is part of a series of booklets and monographs written in nontechnical language so that beginning teachers and the general public may gain a better understanding of educational problems. The first section of the booklet defines informal education, identifies its requirements and examines the underlying assumptions derived from these requirements. This section also deals with how the teacher can (1) improve his/her understanding of children, (2) change the way one views subject matter so that it becomes more relevant, (3) experience and appreciate processes in learning, (4) change perceptions of learning materials, and (5) present the guidelines for reorganizing the physical aspects of the classroom to facilitate informal learning. The second section deals with coping with new teaching roles and includes a discussion of the special responsibilities a teacher in an informal classroom assumes in order to further children's learning. These responsibilities include (1) creating appropriate conditions for learning, (2) relating to the children and guiding their learning, (3) challenging the children to learn and encouraging them to do more and better work, (4) asking critical questions, and (5) coping with behavior problems. The third section of the booklet offers methods to facilitate an evaluation of learning and includes a discussion of record keeping, goals, and planning. The last section discusses teachers' relations with colleagues, parents, and administration, and the question of who effects change in informal learning. (Author)
Descriptors: Classroom Design, Discovery Learning, Experiential Learning, Humanistic Education, Independent Study, Informal Education, Interior Space, Open Education, Self Directed Classrooms, Student Centered Curriculum, Student Interests, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Responsibility
Phi Delta Kappa, Eighth and Union, Box 789, Bloomington, Indiana 47401 ($0.50)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.