'Education' is a formal area of scholarship within academia. The study of education focuses on informal, non-formal, and formal teaching and learning.Informal Education
) refers to unstructured teaching and learning experiences that occur in our daily lives, outside of any formal institutional context (such as schools). Examples include: reading a book out of personal interest, pursuing a favourite hobby, and learning to ride a bike.Non-formal Education
refers to teaching and learning experiences which have a degree of structure, but which are not as institutionally complex as formal education. Examples include: swimming lessons, the Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts, and non-credit courses.Formal Education
refers to structured teaching and learning experiences which are situated within educational institutions and which lead to a certification of some kind (e.g., a high school diploma or university degree).