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ERIC Number: ED124299
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Pages: 10
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Informal Learning of Young Children: Discussion.
Sutton-Smith, Brian
This paper, a discussion of papers by Robert S. Randall, Greta Fein, Richard Bauman and Murray Newman, looks at informal learning from an anthropological viewpoint with an emphasis on inversive theory. It is suggested that the irrational elements of informal learning, the combinations of order and disorder, allow children to relate to reality by creating a reality of their own. Informal learning then becomes a way to use the familiar to explore the unfamiliar, helping the child anticipate behaviors in a preadaptive rather than a directly socializing way. It is proposed that informal learning will be most effective when its inversive elements are explored, that through the alternation of familiar and unfamiliar the child's imagination will be the center of focus in a learning situation. (SB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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