ERIC Number: ED334015
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Home Schooling and Creativity.
Williams, Lawrence T.
A nationwide sample of home-schooling parents and their children was surveyed in a study of: (1) the characteristics of home-schooling families; (2) variations in instructional approaches used by home-schooling parents; and (3) the possible relation of creativity of home-schooled children to differences in family characteristics or instructional approach used. Instructional approaches were assessed by means of the Home Schooling Instructional Survey, which was completed by the parents. The creativity of the home-schooled children was measured by means of the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking-Figural Form A (TTCT). Significant differences in instructional approach were found in four areas: (1) goal orientation of the parents; (2) autonomy given to the children; (3) motivational orientation of parents; and (4) instructional format. The TTCT scores were positively correlated with the number of years the child had spent in conventional schools, household income, and the home teacher's age and educational level. The scores were negatively correlated with the number of years the child had been home schooled. A list of 32 references is included. (BC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Structured Activities; Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).