My response to this call for research on the effectiveness of one sort of learning over another:
All of this depends on the context. Formal learning has not proven a very effective way to learn to walk or talk. Likewise, informal learning hasn't gotten people into many evolving conversations about theoretical physics or deep science. Google links don't teach you to ride a bicycle.
Rather than asking about research comparing informal learning to formal learning, you'd have to start at a more basic level: What is truth? Think about it.
All the best in the quest…
What psychological research is there comparing informal learning to formal learning and non-formal learning?
Answer (1 of 3): I don't think there's anything shocking about this – informal learning tends to be in areas that someone either has a strong interest or natural talent, or both. In these cases, they…
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