Students lab

Students in a laboratory, Saint Petersburg State Polytechnical University, Terra

Education in its general sense is a form of learning in which the knowledge, skills, values, beliefs and habits of a society are transferred from one generation to the next through storytelling, discussion, teaching, training, and or research. Education may also include informal transmission of such information from one being to another. Education frequently takes place under the guidance of others, but learners may also educate themselves (autodidactic learning). Any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts may be considered educational.

In the Union, education is commonly and formally divided into stages such as Basic School, Union School and then apprenticeship, vocational school, college or university. Education can take place in formal[1] or informal[2] settings. The science and art of how best to teach is called pedagogy.


[1] Formal education occurs in a structured environment whose explicit purpose is teaching students. Usually formal education takes place in a school environment, with classrooms of multiple students learning together with a trained teacher.

[2] Informal learning occurs in a variety of places, such as at home, work, and through daily interactions and shared relationships among members of society. Informal learning usually takes place outside educational establishments, does not follow a specified curriculum and may originate accidentally, sporadically, in association with certain occasions, from changing practical requirements.

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