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ERIC Number: EJ1149810
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0912
The Influence of Homeschooling on Entrepreneurial Activities: A Collective Case Study
Pannone, Sarah Jeanne
Education & Training, v59 n7-8 p706-719 2017
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to investigate how a homeschool education influences entrepreneurial characteristics and activity. Design/methodology/approach: A collective case study design was used to investigate how a homeschool education influences entrepreneurial characteristics and activity. Findings: From the participant interviews, surveys, and document analysis, three salient themes emerged. First, participants noted that their home education, at least in later years, was largely self-directed and that this independent, self-motivated type of learning impacted their subsequent entrepreneurial activities. Next, participants also related that they believed the alternative nature of their homeschooling education and its emphasis on being comfortable with being different influenced their entrepreneurial pathway. Finally, the third theme to surface was the idea that homeschooling helped develop an internal locus of control, a belief that is helpful in entrepreneurial undertakings. Research limitations/implications: Research limitations included a lack of generalizability due to a small sample size and possible selection bias. Practical implications: Despite these shortcomings, however, several implications exist. For example, the findings from this study show that homeschooling may be a viable alternative education method for parents looking to encourage entrepreneurial traits and activities in their children. Social implications: Future areas of research were also identified, including a call to research the role locus of control plays in homeschooled students. Originality/value: This study addresses an area that, to the knowledge of this researcher, is completely lacking from the research literature.
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Language: English
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