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In the most general sense, education refers to the manner in which knowledge, skills and values are passed on from one person to another, and from one generation to another. There are three basic ways in which people learn skills and acquire knowledge and understanding: formal, informal, and non-formal.

Formal education is usually offered in structures such as schools. In this form of education, those who are in charge of the schools decide what should be taught, and students study these subjects under the direction of teachers. Generally, students are expected to attend school regularly, to work at the same speed as their fellow classmates, and to participate in tests designed to determine how well they have learned. At the end of year, those who have performed adequately move on to the next grade or level, with the end result of earning a certificate, diploma, or degree.

Informal education involves people learning while they go about their daily lives. Without ever attending school, children will learn language from hearing others speak and by trying to speak themselves. In the same way, they may learn to dress themselves, to eat properly, or to operate a television set. Children on farms will learn agriculture, and how to operate whatever farm equipment is available to them.

When someone makes an attempt to learn information or acquire a skill without benefit of a teacher, this is also considered informal education. Informal education may be acquired in libraries, from movies, or museums. No tests are given. On the job training is often conducted informally.

Non-formal education is something in between formal and informal, taking on some of the organization that goes into formal training, but using procedures that are less controlled than in formal systems of education. One-on-one learning is often done through non-formal methods.

Early American education often utilized many of the methods of non-formal education, albeit taking place in school buildings, where older students helped younger students, who in turn helped those who were younger than themselves, and the role of the teacher was that of a facilitator, rather than lecturer. Homeschoolers sometimes adopt non-formal methods of education, while others will opt for a more structured homeschooling environment.

Whatever the type of education being targeted, directories whose focus is on listing online educational resources may be listed in this category.

  • Academic Pride

    Academic Pride

    Academic Web Directory

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    In business since 2005, the directory features web resources related to academies, colleges, universities and schools, library information, and student loans, as well as science, languages, literature, and other topics. Submissions to the site are fee-based, with a basic listing costing $7.95 per year, and an enhanced listing costing $29.95 per year. Other options include listings in additional directories and sites, as well.
  • Awesome Library

    Awesome Library

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    Established in 1997, Awesome Library was an offshoot of an earlier federal government project known as Library-in-the-Sky. The directory does not include submission features like most web directories but, as contact information is provided, an appropriate resource can be suggested. The Awesome Library provides only resources that have been reviewed and found to be of high quality. Their selection criteria is summarized on the About page of the directory.
  • DirectoryLearn


    education web directory

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    The education web directory offers links to websites whose content includes programs, languages, vocational arts, teaching and learning aids, professional development, science, life skills, and other resources that may be helpful to teachers and educational professionals.
  • Educational Websites

    Educational Websites

    popularity ranking divided into categories

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    Specializing in educational sites and web resources, the directory listings may be viewed in order of rank or its categories may be browsed. Additionally, a search field is included. There is no charge for the submission of an educational site, but the order in which they are displayed can be positively affected by the addition of a text or banner link pointing to the directory.
  • Home Educators Resource Directory

    Home Educators Resource Directory

    Comprehensive Resources for the Home Educator

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    Established in 2004, the directory points to information, supplies, services and support for the homeschool community, organized by local, national, global resources, local event calendars, special offers, newsletters, educational articles, and homeschool support groups.
  • Homework Spot

    Homework Spot

    Start Spot Network

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    Intended for students, parents, and educators, the directory features K-12 homework-related sites, along with editorial and other resources. While there is no pre-set method of submitting a site online, a mailing address is provided.
  • Kid Friendly Search

    Kid Friendly Search

    Aimed at students in grades K-6.

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    Intended particularly for students in grades K-6, the site is organized by educational subject area, and relies on graphic links that are more easily recognizable by children in these grades. There is no submission form, but an included email address may be used for that purpose.
  • Lesson Plan Search

    Lesson Plan Search

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    Online since 1999, and powered by a Gossamer Threads script, Lesson Plan Search is a directory of lesson plan resources, categorized by topic and, when appropriate, subtopics. It appears that there is no charge for submitting a site but, since it is necessary to register an account with the site in order to submit, it is possible that the payment of a fee is requested later in the process.
  • Lesson Planet

    Lesson Planet

    Where Teachers Go to Find, Learn, Plan & Inspire

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    Founded in 1999, Lesson Planet lists curriculum for PK-12th grade teachers, offering more than 400,000 teacher-reviewed curriculum resources, which may be browsed or located using search criteria, which can be sorted by subject, grade, 2st Century Skills, Common Core, and state standards. New resources may be suggested, but every addition will be reviewed and rated by the directory staff, who are credentialed teachers.
  • Local School Directory

    Local School Directory

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    Local School Directory offers data on public and private schools, as well as school districts throughout the United States, supplemented with parent and other user reviews, contact data, enrollment statistics, faculty experience, assessment and accountability statistics, ratings, and rankings, which are calculated using weighted factors based on state assessment information.