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Formal learning

Parent term: Learning

Learning that takes place through a structured program of instruction which is generally recognised by the attainment of a formal qualification or award (for example, a certificate, diploma or degree).
Source: NCVER 2013, Australia
Learning that occurs in an organised and structured environment (e.g. in an education or training institution or on the job) and is explicitly designated as learning (in terms of objectives, time or resources). Formal learning is intentional from the learner’s point of view. It typically leads to validation and certification.
Source: CEDEFOP 2008, Europe
Learning that occurs in an organised and structured education and training environment and that is explicitly designated as such.
Source: SAQA 2013, South Africa

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