Check For Understanding #1: Formal and Informal Theories

In this Check for Understanding, please take the time to consider the differences between formal and informal theories.
Formal theories: are developed by academic experts and applied to complex theoretical frameworks to generate new knowledge. In this course we will learning about the formal theories of education such as Behaviorism, Social Cognitive theory, constructivism, etc.
Informal theories: are related to the acquisition of skills and knowledge, regarding specific subject matter, over time from either peers and/or the work environment. Many of these informal strategies develop in workplace environments as a result of intelligence, experience, and reflection. What you learn in the classroom or the workplace through hands on experience relates to the informal theories of education.
Formal theory of education example: “Operant conditioning is a method of learning that employs rewards and punishments for behavior. Through operant conditioning, is an association is made between a behavior and a consequence (whether negative or positive) for that behavior.” This theory was developed through documented research conducted under controlled conditions and reinforced through ongoing experimentation.
Informal theory of education example: “Teacher/parent conferences are not a time to bring up major problems or big issues with a student, particularly if you have not mentioned them to the parent before.” This concept is something learned by practical experience of conducting parent/teacher conferences and seeing the result of dropping bombshells on parents (it never ends well).
Complete the Venn Diagram, with at least four attributes in each comparison/contrast area. Then think of 3-5 examples of each formal and informal theories.
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