Formal and Non-Formal Education in the New Era

Albulene Grajcevci, Doctoral student, Ludwig Maximilians University, Germany

Arif Shala, Doctoral student, Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany

Abstract

The recent economic crisis in Europe has reshaped the way education is perceived. Admittedly, education has been considered as one of the pillars that can push Europe towards economic stability. Consequently, in recent years we have witnessed growing investments in education. The much needed money flows have made an impact, however the situation is less than ideal as many urgent problems have been overlooked and continue to prevail. Europe is facing the problem of the economization of education, not providing students with the skills of the 21stcentury, and the reduced quality of teaching. It is our argument that three factors which will have a positive impact include using new technologies in education, teaching digital competencies, and finally highlighting learning styles preferences to engage all students in learning. It is the aim of this work to provide evidence that incorporating the three recommendations will result in improved education outcomes in Europe.

Keywords: New technology, digital competencies, learning styles, formal education, informal education.

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