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ERIC Number: ED480142
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Understudied Education: Toward Building a Homeschooling Research Agenda. Occasional Paper.
Nemer, Kariane Mari
Beginning with a brief history of homeschooling in America, this paper discusses literature describing today's population of homeschoolers. Although older, the binary typology offered by Van Galen (1987, 1991) to categorize the motivations of homeschoolers is still utilized in much of the homeschooling literature. Van Galen breaks homeschoolers into two basic groups: the ideologues, who have ideological conflicts with schools, and the pedagogues, who dislike the pedagogy employed in traditional forms of education. Using Van Galen's rubric as a starting point, the paper considers existing research about the characteristics and motivations of homeschoolers. Although this extant research is quite limited, it nonetheless highlights the need for an expanded framework. To this end, the paper offers suggestion for a slightly more detailed typology, arising from the author's research of homeschooling. The paper concludes with a brief sampling of the types of knowledge and insight that homeschooling research may offer concerning the strengths, weaknesses, and future of American schooling. (Contains 90 references.) (Author)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education.