ERIC Number: ED468436
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Variety of Teaching Methodologies Used by Homeschoolers: Case Studies of Three Homeschooling Families.
Clements, Andrea D.
This study examined teaching methods used by homeschooling families. Interviews were conducted with parents from three homeschooling families who used a variety of teaching methods. Researchers collected information on children's ages, number of years of homeschooling, teaching methods, and curriculum choice. Respondents described how they chose their curricula, what other curricula they had previously used, and pros and cons of each teaching method/curriculum. Respondents' teaching methods included completely computerized curriculum done independently by each student, video curriculum in which students watched a videotaped classroom while working in books and workbooks at their seats, parent instruction from an instructor's manual while students worked in books and textbooks at their seats, and self-study books with independent seatwork and tests administered by parents. All three parents had tried other curricula. Curriculum decisions were often made to accommodate weaknesses in the parent teaching as to accommodate children's characteristics. All respondents had talked with other homeschooling parents prior to choosing materials and tried several. None were using the same curriculum or teaching method that they had started with. Positive comments regarding each teaching method and curriculum emphasized the fit with the instructor and the child being taught. Negative comments also emphasized instructor and child fit. (Contains 17 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: East Tennessee State Univ., Johnson City.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (25th, Sarasota, FL, February 27-March 2, 2002).