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ERIC Number: EJ1150133
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-764X
Structured and Unstructured Homeschooling: A Proposal for Broadening the Taxonomy
Neuman, Ari; Guterman, Oz
Cambridge Journal of Education, v47 n3 p355-371 2017
In recent decades, parental involvement in their children's education has been steadily increasing. Perhaps the ultimate form of parental involvement is the phenomenon called elective home education--EHE (also known as homeschooling). It is customary to divide EHE into two categories according to the degree of structure: "structured EHE" and "unstructured EHE" (or "unschooling"). Advocates of structured learning study in the home framework according to a defined curriculum, whereas unstructured learning advocates study content determined in accordance with the child's wishes, with no external dictates. This division relates to learning as one entity. This article proposes to distinguish between two dimensions of structure: content and process. In order to demonstrate this distinction, qualitative research was conducted in which 30 mothers who educate their children at home were interviewed and asked what they actually do within the framework of EHE. The research findings suggest that the two types of EHE are indeed different from one another with regard to the structure of the content of instruction and learning as well as the structure of the process. The article addresses the importance of broadening the traditional distinction (structured and unstructured EHE) to include content and process.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel
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