Learning Outside Formal Education

Learning Outside Formal Education (LOFE) is a ground-breaking research and scholarship group within Plymouth Institute of Education that has a critical interdisciplinary focus on learning in its widest sense. There are many possible definitions of learning outside formal education, and we are particularly interested in how learning takes place in spaces such as communities, cultures, families and outdoors. We also critique the normative assumptions, concepts and practices of formal education.

Our themes

LOFE critique

All our research takes a critical approach to normative practices and concepts within the field of education and learning. This includes analysis of national education policy and its impact on social justice, critiques of the role of assessment in schools and deconstruction of the concept of inclusion in universities.