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ERIC Number: EJ870191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1822-1645
Recognising Non-Formal and Informal Learning: An Open Challenge
Perulli, Elisabetta
Quality of Higher Education, v6 p94-116 2009
The social-institutional endorsement towards the perspective of recognising and enhancing learning acquired outside the formal education and training contexts (non-formal and informal learning), has been gaining strength and has entered policy agendas throughout Europe, but also in other major non-European countries. Nevertheless there are still several open issues on this topic both at an institutional and technical level. This paper does not intend to give answers or propose a theory. Instead, it will attempt to formulate some reflections and open work pathways on some basic aspects: (1) What is--or isn't--non-formal/informal learning? (2) For whom and with which tools are European countries dealing with the issue of the relationships between formal and non-formal/informal learning? and (3) How, in operational practice, is the enhancement of non-formal/informal learning dealt with? (Contains 2 figures and 4 footnotes.)
Vytautas Magnus University, Centre for Quality of Studies. South Daukanto g. 27-314, Kaunas, LT-44249, Lithuania. Tel: +370-37-327973; Fax: +370-37-327973; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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