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Understanding Cultural Influence: Sociocultural Dimensions of Free-Choice / Informal Learning

Understanding Cultural Influence: Sociocultural dimensions of free-choice learning leads you through investigations of connections between learning theories, particularly informal learning and the fundamental concepts of sociology, social psychology and anthropology. 

You will explore how social stratification, social structure and interaction, social institutions, and cultural background influence the science of learning.

Time Commitment: Plan for 5 hours of work per week.

Informal and Experiential Learning Certificate

This online course is part of the Informal and Experiential Learning Certificate developed by free-choice learning experts John Falk, Lynn Dierking and Sean Rowe based on the innovative Oregon State University graduate program in education.

Core Informal Learning Courses:

Elective Courses:

College Partners

This course is a collaboration between Oregon State University College of Education and Oregon State University Professional and Continuing Education.

May 10 - Jun. 20, 2021
Seven weeks
price (2)
$425 (+ $60 registration fee)


Lynn Dierking, Ph.D.

Sea Grant Professor, Museum and Free-Choice Learning / Information Education Course Advisor

Past Students' Work

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