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ALCE 5014: Principles & Methods of Non-formal Teaching and Learning

Concentration: Education
Credits: 3 graduate credit(s)


This introductory level graduate course covers principles and methods associated with non-formal teaching and learning for adult, extension, and community based education as well as further settings such as agricultural education. Major course aims include gaining understanding of concepts and practical knowledge for designing, integrating, and justifying non-formal educational experiences for learners. Specific attention will be given to learning frameworks and approaches that emphasize the role of participation, facilitation, and other student-centered teaching and learning approaches in agricultural and life science professions.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Compare and critique learning theories, principles, and their educational implications for non-formal teaching and learning.
  • Identify, critique, and give explanation for best educational practices that facilitate good teaching and learning in non-formal settings with emphasis on agricultural and extension settings.
  • Integrate non-formal teaching and learning principles and approaches into agriculture and life science professional practice.

Prerequisites and Corequisites



Eric Kaufman