|ed‧u‧ca‧tion/ˌɛdʒʊˈkeɪʃən/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[ej-oo–key-shuhn] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation
[Origin: 1525–35; (< MF) < L ēducātiōn- (s. of ēducātiō), equiv. to ēducāt(us) (see educate) + -iōn- -ion]
—Synonyms 1. instruction, schooling, learning. Education, training imply a discipline and development by means of study and learning. Education is the development of the abilities of the mind (learning to know): a liberal education. Training is practical education (learning to do) or practice, usually under supervision, in some art, trade, or profession: training in art, teacher training. 4. learning, knowledge, enlightenment. Education, culture are often used interchangeably to mean the results of schooling. Education, however, suggests chiefly the information acquired. Culture is a mode of thought and feeling encouraged by education. It suggests an aspiration toward, and an appreciation of high intellectual and esthetic ideals: The level of culture in a country depends upon the education of its people.
Education is the process by which an individual is encouraged and enabled to fully develop his or her potential; it may also serve the purpose of equipping the individual with what is necessary to be a productive member of society. Through teaching and learning the individual acquires and develops knowledge and skills.The term education is often used to refer to formal education (see below). However, the word’s broader meaning covers a range of experiences, from formal learning to the building of understanding and knowledge through day to day experiences. Ultimately, all that we experience serves as a form of education.
It is widely accepted that the process of education is lifelong. Studies have shown that the child already in uetero is educated by the experiences it is exposed to.
Individuals receive informal education from a variety of sources. Family members, peers, books and mass media have a strong influence on the informal education of the individual.