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ERIC Number: ED573485
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
Do Parental Reasons to Homeschool Vary by Grade? Evidence from the National Household Education Survey, 2001
Montes, Guillermo
Online Submission, Home School Researcher v16 n4 p11-17 2006
In the recently released National Household Education Survey 2001 homeschooled families were surveyed again both in terms of their demographic characteristics and the reasons for homeschooling. Using this new data source, two research questions that have not been studied before with a nationally representative data set are investigated: 1. Do parents who homeschool children in early childhood (K-3rd grade) do so for different reasons than those who homeschool children in later grades? 2. Do the demographic characteristics of families who choose to homeschool children in early childhood (K-3rd grade) differ from those who homeschool older children? In general, younger and older homeschooled students are educated at home for the same reasons: parents believe they can provide them a better education (47%) and for religious reasons (41%). However, younger homeschooled students are twice as likely as their older counterparts to be educated at home because the parents object to what the school teaches. Younger homeschooled students are three times as likely to be homeschooled as a way to develop character and morality than older homeschoolers. These findings deserve closer scrutiny. The secondary analyses showed that about half of the families who object to what is taught in schools do not identify religious reasons for homeschooling their K-3rd grade child. Similarly, about 60% of the families who stated that a reason to homeschool was to develop character in their children did not identify religious reasons for homeschooling. Consequently, some parents may be objecting to non-religious content in schools. Keywords: home schooling, homeschooling, reasons, motivation, peer-reviewed
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Household Education Survey