Getting Inside Families: Exploring a Case Study Research Issue in Homeschooling

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Educating children at home rather than at school is regarded by those who practice it as a quiet revolution amidst the storm of educational change battering schools. This paper maps a methodological journey from initial contacts with two families, interviews with them which led to a small-scale study proposal, then faltering steps into fieldwork guided by a desire to learn more about their homeschooling experiences and in particular how their parent-child relationship affected learning.
Stephen Peter Goymer, Volume 14, No. 3, 2000, p. 11-18
 

 
 

Self-Esteem and Home Schooling Socialization Research: A Work in Progress

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Challenges current thinking about the influence of self-esteem in home and conventional schools, presents problems with self-esteem as a measure of appropriate socialization by examining the history of this construct, reviewing empirical research on the subject, and noting the methodological concerns that accompany the use of this construct in research, and reviews the use of self-esteem within the home schooling literature
David J. Francis, Psy.D., and Timothy Z. Keith, Ph.D., Volume 14, No. 3, 2000, p. 1-9
 

 
 

Socialization and Home Educated Children: An Exploratory Study

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"Examines views of homeschool parents who participated in a focus group. Attempts to extend the current research knowledge by examining how homeschooling parents view socialization. No attempt was made to define socialization, as commonly understood by laypersons or researchers, for the participants. Attempst to fuel further conversation about socialization as it applies, or does not apply, to educating children at home.

 

 

Bryan G. Miller, M.A.R., Volume 14, No. 2, 2000, p. 7-14

 

 

 

 

Academic Intrinsic Motivation in Homeschooled Children

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"Analyzes academic intrinsic motivation in homeschooled children. Measures intrinsic interest in learning in children from three different educational settings: homeschools, a public school using grades for student evaluation, and a public school using portfolio assessment instead of grades. Also, homeschooled children’s academic achievement was tested and their parents’ attitudes and teaching practices were recorded to see what relationship these factors might have to academic intrinsic motivation.

 

 

Richard G. Medlin, Ph.D., and Robin E. Blackmer, Volume 14, No. 2, 2000, p. 1-6

 

 

The Perceived Impact of Home Schooling on the Family in General and the Mother-Teacher in Particular

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"Uses qualitative research to investigate the perceptions of the mother-teacher regarding homeschooling and its impact on both the family and herself since one of the tenets of its research is the importance of letting the subjects speak, and hearing the subjects speak, in their own voices.

Susan A. McDowell, Ed.D, Volume 14, No. 1, 2000, p. 1-13