Informal Education


Understanding Informal Education


Informal education is the wise, respectful and spontaneous process of cultivating learning. It works through conversation, and the exploration and enlargement of experience.

(Jeffs, T. and Smith, M. K. (1997, 2005, 2011). ‘What is informal education?’)


“Informal learning experiences, in contrast, build on the diverse interests and curiosity of learners and support their self-motivated inquiries. The valued outcomes of informal learning are often particularly rich in contributions to social and emotional development, to identity and motivation, to developing skills of collaboration and mutual support, and to persistence in the face of obstacles and in inquiry on time scales of weeks, months, and even years. Informal learning activities also often result in products and accomplishments of which students are justly proud and for which product-appropriate measures of quality are needed.” –  MIT MacArthur



An Article by our CEO and Founder: The Importance of Informal Education


Here is a video of Meghan Gardner’s annual lecture at Harvard Graduate School of Education regarding how Guard Up’s Guardian Adventures Camps inspire Informal Learning.

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