The social skills scores of the homeschooled were consistently higher than those of public school students. “Differences were most marked for girls and for older children, and encompassed all four of the specific skills tested: cooperation, assertiveness, empathy, and self-control.” Gender differences were considered and found.
Richard G. Medlin, Ph.D., 2006, Volume 17, Number 1, p. 1-8
Reviews Kelly, Barr, and Weatherby’s 2006 report entitled Educational Neglect & Compulsory Schooling: A Status Report in which they claimed that school-age children who are privately home educated and not registered with state agencies – even if the law does not require such registration – are “missing” and “educationally neglected.” Explains significant philosphical and methodological weaknesses and errors in the report.
Brian D. Ray, Ph.D., Volume 17, Number 1, p. 9-12
In general, younger and older homeschooled students are educated at home for the same reasons: parents believe they can provide them a better education (47%) and for religious reasons (41%). However, there are some differences in reasons according to the grade levels of the students.
Guillermo Montes, Ph.D., Volume 16, Number 4, 2006, p. 11-17
Homschooling parents were more concerned with teaching their children their values and religious beliefs, and more convinced that their children’s education reinforced this endeavor, than public school parents. They were also more confident that their children had embraced the values encompassed in their education. The two groups of parents did not differ, however, concerning whether they wanted their children to decide for themselves what values to believe in. Compared to public school parents, home schooling parents reported slightly more prosocial behavior in their children. In general, the attitudes toward religion and values expressed by home schooling parents were positively related to children’s prosocial behavior.
Skylar T. Kingston and Richard G. Medlin, Ph.D., Volume 16, No. 4, 2006, p. 1-10
The Liberal State Thesis Regarding Parental Authority, Children’s Rights, and Homeschooling: How Far
Critiques the “liberal state thesis” that, among other things, promotes “the continued development and encroachment of the liberal state upon parental authority to homeschool children without undue interference and regulation of the government.” Offers a more positive view of homeschooling, and defends the responsibility of parental authority in determining their children’s educational delivery system.
Stephen M. King, Ph.D., Volume 16, No. 3, 2005, p. 15-24
Charles Howell, Ph.D., Volume 16, No. 3, 2005, p. 1-14
T. Wayne McEntire, Ph.D., Volume 16, No. 2, 2005, p. 13-18
Unexplored Territory: Writing Instruction in Pennsylvania Homeschool Settings, Grades 9-12, Part IIMapping aspects of one of homeschooling’s virgin areas—writing instruction—is the objective of this study. Primary data originate in semi-structured parent and secondary student interviews shaped by elements qualitative models and a phenomenological model. Concludes that learning write in home-based and parent-directed ways is a consequential instructional activity and that families in this study model significantly different outcomes.
Elaine Huber, Ph.D., Volume 16, No. 1, 2004, p. 1-13
"Examines the factors that may contribute to the social development of children especially in regards to peer influence and parental involvement and monitoring. These effects are examined by looking at their influence across traditionally schooled and home schooled populations.
Michael S. Brady, Volume 15, No. 4, 2003, p. 11-18
Elaine Huber, Ph.D., Volume 15, No. 4, 2003, p. 1-10