Formal education

What is formal education?

Formal education is an organized and regulated system of education, which follows a curriculum and awards recognized academic certificates or degrees. This type of education is given in schools, colleges, official institutions and universities, either in person or through e-learning platforms.

Generally, formal education is governed by educational norms and standards and is delivered through formal academic programs. Students advance from one educational level to another by completing courses and/or earning academic credit. Primary education, a university degree or a business leadership program are examples of formal education.

Importance of formal education in academic and professional development

Undoubtedly, formal education is a key aspect in the academic development of an individual. Through pre-established content, students not only acquire a knowledge base, but can also develop analytical skills, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.

In the professional field, formal education also plays a significant role. Certificates and degrees validate that a person has the necessary knowledge for a certain job. But, in addition, it gives professionals a theoretical basis that can be applied in real work contexts.

While for many years formal education was the basis for a person’s development, today practical training and non-formal education is essential is also essential.

Differences between formal and non-formal education

Formal and non-formal education are two opposing learning styles. One is pragmatic and organized. The other, casual and unstructured. But those aren’t the only important differences. Let’s look at each one in detail:

  • Structure: Formal education follows a predetermined course structure, while non-formal education is more flexible and adapted to individual and/or business needs.
  • Certification: at the end of a formal education plan, the learner usually receives a certificate or degree validating their participation, something that does not usually happen in informal education.
  • Place of learning: Formal education takes place in educational institutions, while non-formal education can occur in a variety of places, such as face-to-face workshops, digital environments, or as a result of social interactions.
  • Objective: Formal education is intentional and focuses on the acquisition of academic knowledge and skills. In contrast, formal education focuses on practical and specific skills and doesn’t have to revolve around specific learning objectives.
  • Methodology: Formal learning features the teaching of theoretical content; non-formal learning uses practical methods and a learning-by-doing approach.

The bottom line? While formal education provides the theoretical basis, non-formal education allows skills and knowledge to be applied in real environments. This is beneficial both for individuals looking for professional development and companies looking for qualified talent.

Thanks to e-learning combining the two models is easy. isEazy LMS is a comprehensive e-learning platform that gives you the training management capabilities you need and the learning experience your employees want. Through interactive elements such as virtual classrooms, forums and communication channels, isEazy LMS reinforces learning and enhances formal education.

Josefina Castelán
Josefina Castelán
Content Marketing Specialist at isEazy

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