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ERIC Number: ED424922
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Homeschooling in the United States: A Review of Recent Literature.
Meehan, Natia; Stephenson, Susan
In the last 20 years, the incidence of home schooling in the United States has increased dramatically. This review examines the history of home schooling, the demographic characteristics of students schooled at home, and the reasons parents select this type of education. Findings suggest that parents who home school their children tend to have 2 to 3 more years of education than the general population and may have more children. Reasons for home schooling have typically been ideological (religious or philosophical) or pedagogical (social or academic). The majority of home schooled families study a wide range of conventional subjects and emphasize reading, mathematics, and the sciences. The relationship between home schooling families and the public school and government officials is presented as changing from one of contention and confrontation to one of cooperation. Examples of cooperation include a combination of home school and school study and the provision of support to home schooling families by public schools. Research on outcomes of home schooling has concentrated on the child's academic achievement, creativity, and self-esteem. Most research indicates that home schooled children perform at higher academic levels than non-home schooled children. However, many of the existing studies have methodological problems. (Contains 30 references.) (Author/KB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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