ERIC Number: ED556234
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Reference Count: 9
Research Facts on Homeschooling
Ray, Brian D.
National Home Education Research Institute
Homeschooling--that is, parent-led home-based education--is an age-old traditional educational practice that a decade ago appeared to be cutting-edge and "alternative" but is now bordering on "mainstream" in the United States. It may be the fastest-growing form of education in the United States. This article describes the following findings regarding home education: (1) General facts and trends regarding homeschooling; (2) Reasons for home educating; (3) Academic performance comparisons between institutionally-schooled and home-educated students; (4) Social, emotional, and psychological development; (5) Gender differences in children who are home educated; and (6) Success in the "Real World" of adulthood. Research designs to date do not conclusively "prove" that homeschooling causes these statistical findings. At the same time, there is no empirical evidence that homeschooling causes negative results compared to institutional schooling. Future research may better answer the question of causation.
Descriptors: Home Schooling, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Educational Trends, Motivation, Academic Achievement, Social Development, Emotional Development, Gender Differences, Success, Outcomes of Education, Evidence, Psychological Characteristics
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Home Education Research Institute