ERIC Number: EJ718936
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Reference Count: 50
Choice without Markets: Homeschooling in the Context of Private Education
Aurini, Janice; Davies, Scott
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v26 n4 p461-474 Sep 2005
Homeschooling is enjoying new-found acceptance in North America. Drawing on a variety of secondary sources and our own data from Ontario, Canada, we find that homeschooling is growing steadily, and is becoming an increasingly legitimated form of education. To understand these changes, we review prevailing sociological explanations that focus on the rise of neo-liberal ideology, and pressures of class reproduction and human capital requirements. We document the contributions of these theories and note their limits for understanding the rising popularity of homeschooling. We then situate homeschooling within a broader context of private education, distinguishing segments that encourage market-consumer, class reproduction, human capital and "expressive" logics. The combination of large investments of time and effort with highly uncertain outcomes makes homeschooling the most expressive form of private education, which we trace to the burgeoning culture of "intensive parenting."
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Home Schooling, Human Capital, Private Education, Child Rearing, Job Skills, Social Class, Political Attitudes, Role of Education, Family Influence
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; North America