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ERIC Number: ED573486
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Homeschooled Children's Social Skills
Medlin, Richard G.
Online Submission, Home School Researcher v17 n1 p1-8 2006
Concludes that prior research show either no difference between homeschooled children and other children, or a difference favoring homeschooled children. This suggests that homeschooled children's social skills are certainly no worse than those of children attending conventional schools, and are probably better. This study finds that homeschooled children's social skills scores were consistently higher than those of public school students. Differences were most marked for girls and for older children, and encompassed all four of the specific skills tested: cooperation, assertiveness, empathy, and self-control. Among homeschooled children, girls were more empathetic and assertive than boys, and at the lower grades, more self-controlled. There appears to be a convergence of evidence from three different perspectives--parental report, objective observers, and self-report--that homeschooled children's social skills are exceptional. Keywords: home schooling, homeschooling, home education, research, public school, cooperation, assertiveness, empathy, and self-control
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 3; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 5; Middle Schools; Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida; United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Social Skills Rating System
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A