ERIC Number: ED410944
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
How Homeschoolers Use the Internet: A Study Based on a Survey of On-line Services.
First defining and tracing the historical background of home schooling in the United States, this paper then researches how home schooling families are using computers and online technologies. Two separate surveys were conducted. The first was a voice-to-voice survey to determine a computer usage baseline from a population of 103 home schooling families. The second survey employed a checklist to examine posted online information for and about home schooling. Sixty-two sites with adequate content, representing 137 home schooled children, were surveyed from August to September 1996. Checklist data were compared in four different ways: (1) reasons for home schooling; (2) methods of home schooling; (3) reasons for using online services; and (4) ages of home schooled children using online services. The following conclusions were drawn: families home schooling for religious reasons were more likely to have computers, but less likely to have an online service; use of computers in home schooling families across the country was about 70% and those with online services, about 17%; all of home schooling families with online services used e-mail for social reasons and about 92% used e-mail for information; recreational use of online services made up about 68%; less than 7% of the home schoolers engaged in online classes; packaged online services were used more by religious home schoolers; larger families used generic online services; the mean ages of unschoolers were younger than those of the total population; unschoolers made up about one third of the home schooling population; and about 60% of the families with online compatible computers had an online service. Six tables and 15 figures summarize the data. (Contains 48 references.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, Salem-Teikyo University.