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ERIC Number: ED385903
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-May
Pages: 58
Abstractor: N/A
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School Choice: Four Case Studies of Home School Families in Connecticut.
Cappello, Nancy M.; And Others
Home schooling is one form of school choice that is on the increase. During the 1993-94 school year, Connecticut school officials estimated that there were 1,113 home-instructed students in the state, an increase of 305 students from the previous year and a 1,384 percent increase since 1983. This paper presents findings of a case study that explored parents' motivations to home school and the design of their home-school activities. The sample was comprised of four Connecticut families who used home schooling to educate their children. The children's educational levels ranged from preschool through high school, and some children had special needs. Superintendents from the families' school districts, principals, and central-office administrators also participated in the study. Data collection methods included interviews, document analysis, and observation of the home schools. Findings showed that the families used a variety of teaching and assessment methods; home-schooled children behaved like typical children as they were being taught; and principals were more supportive of home schooling than were superintendents and central-office administrators. Principals offered part-time enrollment options for home schooling. The families had decided to home school after learning about it through social networks. The students did not appear to be socially isolated. Because home schooling provides opportunities for flexible curricula and committed parental involvement, the paper advocates building partnerships between school districts and home-school families. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut