Linking In-School and Out-of-School Learning

Schools are embedded in a larger landscape of learning opportunities, some of them spontaneous and everyday and some of them occurring by design in community-based organizations, museums, clubs, and other organizations that are equipped to facilitate robust and enriching learning experiences. There are learning resources, opportunities, and organizational practices and structures that are unique to formal (school) and informal (out-of-school) learning contexts. In conceptualizing learning pathways, it is important to understand the features of cross-context experiences that can enhance or disrupt learning for youth as they cross formal and informal learning boundaries. This entry identifies several ways to conceptualize linkages between in-school and out-of-school contexts, all of which are consistent with a learning ecology perspective, which recognizes that schools are not the only places ...

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