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Measuring and Analyzing Informal Learning in the Digital Age

Book Description

In the twenty-first century, learning—and the definition of education—is changing. New digital, online, and social tools have the ability to transform the classroom and engage learners like never before. In the midst of this technological revolution, it is crucial for educators and administrators to be able to gauge the impact of digital tools on learners in a variety of settings. Measuring and Analyzing Informal Learning in the Digital Age addresses the need for educators, administrators, and professionals across industries to be more attentive to the learning process outside of a traditional classroom setting. As online learning, and MOOCs in particular, become more mainstream, tracking informal learning becomes difficult despite the necessity of feedback and measurement in non-formal learning environments. Investigating some of the primary technologies being used in educational settings and how a less structured and more open learning environment can effectively motivate students and non-traditional learners, this premier reference is a crucial source of information for educators, administrators, theorists, and other professionals in the field of education.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Book Series
    1. Mission
    2. Coverage
  5. Editorial Advisory Board and List of Reviewers
    1. Editorial Advisory Board
    2. List of Reviewers
  6. Preface
  7. Acknowledgment
  8. Introduction
    1. THE MEANING AND CONTEXTS OF INFORMAL LEARNING
    2. REFERENCES
    3. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  9. Section 1: Theoretical Foundations of Informal Learning
    1. Chapter 1: Informal Learning as Dialectics of Activity
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      5. CONCLUSION
      6. REFERENCES
      7. ADDITIONAL READING
      8. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    2. Chapter 2: On Informal Learning, Informal Teaching, and Informal Education
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION
      4. FINAL REMARKS AND SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER RESEARCH
      5. REFERENCES
      6. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    3. Chapter 3: From Logos to Eros and Back Again
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. CONCLUSION
      4. REFERENCES
      5. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  10. Section 2: Informal Learning in Context
    1. Chapter 4: Informal Learning in Second Language Acquisition
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. FURTHER RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      5. CONCLUSION
      6. REFERENCES
      7. KEY WORDS AND DEFINITIONS
    2. Chapter 5: Informal Transformative Learning from a Life-Threatening Illness
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      5. CONCLUSION
      6. REFERENCES
      7. ADDITIONAL READING
      8. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    3. Chapter 6: Stories of Breastfeeding Advocates
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      5. CONCLUSION
      6. REFERENCES
      7. ADDITIONAL READING
      8. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    4. Chapter 7: Informal and Self-Directed Learning in the Age of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. RECOMMENDATIONS AND FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      4. CONCLUSION
      5. REFERENCES
      6. ADDITIONAL READING
      7. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  11. Section 3: Informal Learning in Cultural and Work Contexts
    1. Chapter 8: How Pre-Service and First-Year Teachers Utilize Informal Learning in a Work Context
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. RECOMMENDATIONS
      5. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. REFERENCES
      8. ADDITIONAL READING
      9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    2. Chapter 9: Informal Learning Contributes to the Leadership Development of Nurse Managers
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. A GROUNDED THEORY STUDY: NURSE MANAGERS AND INFORMAL/EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
      5. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      6. SOLUTIONS
      7. RECOMMENDATIONS
      8. IMPLICATIONS FOR FUTURE RESEARCHERS
      9. CONCLUSION
      10. REFERENCES
      11. ADDITIONAL READING
      12. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    3. Chapter 10: Personal Interaction and Informal Learning
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. FUTURE DIRECTIONS
      5. CONCLUSION
      6. ACKNOWLEDGMENT
      7. REFERENCES
      8. ADDITIONAL READING
      9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    4. Chapter 11: Social Capital and Community Development
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
      5. CONCLUSION
      6. REFERENCES
      7. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    5. Chapter 12: Adult Health Learning
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. FOCUS ON ADULT LEARNING AND HEALTH
      3. FACILITATORS AND BARRIERS TO INFORMAL HEALTH LEARNING
      4. DISCUSSION
      5. CONCLUSION AND SUGGESTION FOR FURTHER RESEARCH
      6. REFERENCES
      7. ADDITIONAL READING
      8. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    6. Chapter 13: Informal Learning as Group Meaning-Making
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      4. CONCLUSION
      5. REFERENCES
      6. ADDITIONAL READING
      7. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  12. Section 4: Informal Learning in Program Development
    1. Chapter 14: Making Sense of Surrounding Difference
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      5. CONCLUSION
      6. REFERENCES
      7. ADDITIONAL READING
      8. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    2. Chapter 15: Valuing and Evaluating Informal Learning in Workplace Communities of Practice
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. DILEMMAS AND CHALLENGES OF STRUCTURING, VALUING, AND EVALUATING INFORMAL LEARNING IN COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE
      5. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. REFERENCES
      8. ADDITIONAL READING
      9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
      10. ENDNOTES
    3. Chapter 16: Enhancing Self-Reflective Practice and Conscious Service in the Helping Professions
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. IMPLICATIONS FOR ADULT EDUCATION
      5. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. REFERENCES
      8. ADDITIONAL READING
      9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    4. Chapter 17: Integration of Informal Learning Theory and Practice into the Study of Implementation in Healthcare Contexts
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      5. CONCLUSION
      6. REFERENCES
      7. ADDITIONAL READING
      8. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  13. Section 5: The Future of Informal Learning within the Education System
    1. Chapter 18: Looking Back and Looking Forward
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. REFERENCES
      4. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  14. Compilation of References
  15. About the Contributors