Informal Learning

The articles in this section offer research findings that explore the value of out-of-class experiences for a variety of educational outcomes. Suggestions are provided for how institutions can enhance students’ out-of-class learning.

Informal Education and Learning

Discussion of the definition of informal education and its foundations.

Student Learning Outside the Classroom: Transcending Artificial Boundaries

Summary of the research on the contributions of out-of-class experiences to valued outcomes of postsecondary education. In addition, out-of-class experiences linked to persistence and educational attainment also are discussed.