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ERIC Number: EJ794896
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 27
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-1476-718X
Home-Education: Comparison of Home-and School-Educated Children on PIPS Baseline Assessments
Rothermel, Paula
Journal of Early Childhood Research, v2 n3 p273-299 2004
This article reports on the performance of reception-aged, home-educated children. Media reports tend to focus on older home-educated children withdrawing from school but very little is known about younger children many of whom have never been to school. This research sought insight into the learning experience of these young children. The study involved 35 home-educated children aged between four and five years of age, from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. The children were assessed using the Performance Indicators in Primary Schools (Start and End of Reception). Whilst the home-educated children outscored their school counterparts, those from lower socio-economic groups outperformed their middle class peers. It appeared that a flexible approach to education, and a high level of parental attention and commitment, regardless of their socioeconomic group and level of education, seemed the most important factors in the children's development and progress. (Contains 5 tables and 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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