chapter  6
44 Pages

Learning Science Outside of School

ByLéonie J. Rennie

Fortunately, even as S. Anderson penned his chapter in 1968, a revolution had begun. Equating education with what happens in schools ignored two facts: Most people spend less of their lives in school than out of it, and they continue to learn throughout their lifetime in many places other than educational institutions. In the past, out-of-school learning for most individuals was associated with making a living and family care. Now, with more time for leisure in our society, we have the luxury of learning for interest rather than necessity, for satisfying our curiosity and enjoying ourselves. Recognizing the educational value of out-of-school learning is part of a revolution because there are so many opportunities to learn.