Metaphors we learn by: practitioners’ conceptions of the meaning of nonformal learning in Estonian context

Authors

  • Halliki Põlda Tallinn University
  • Katrin Karu
  • Riina Reinsalu

Keywords:

nonformal learning, life-long learning, adult education, educational metaphor, metaphor analysis

Abstract

Nonformal learning is the central standpoint and practice of life-long learning. The aim of the article is to demonstrate the possibilities of construing the meaning of nonformal learning through practitioners’ conceptions. At the same time we show how nonformal learning practice can enrich other types of learning and how these principles may be more widely applied in formal learning as well. The current research based on metaphor analysis draws on the materials collected in focus group interviews with practitioners (n=17). Analysis revealed that practitioners describe nonformal learning as a cooperational journey of discovery which requires effort, concentrates on development and is related to emotions, play and creativity. At the same time, nonformal learning is defined through metaphors of cultural symbols and open space. The diverse opportunities of nonformal learning create the basis for choices and tolerance to differences, whereas the emergence of border area metaphors confirms the deep rooted idea that nonformal learning’s place lies in between different types of learning.

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Published

2021-11-30

How to Cite

Põlda, H., Katrin Karu, & Riina Reinsalu. (2021). Metaphors we learn by: practitioners’ conceptions of the meaning of nonformal learning in Estonian context. European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults. Retrieved from https://rela.ep.liu.se/article/view/3682

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30 years of research on adult education, 30 years of ESREA