Daniel Pollack, “Homeschooling and Child Protection” in Policy and Practice 70, no. 1 (February 2012): 29, 35. [abridged version available here]
Meggan Goodpasture, V. Denise Everett, Martha Gagliano, Aditee P. Narayan, and Sara Sinal, “Invisible Children” in North Carolina Medical Journal 74, no. 1 (February 2013): 90-94 [Avaliable here]
Pollack is a social work professor at Yeshiva University. Goodpasture et al. are all medical professionals affiliated with North Carolina schools of medicine (Wake Forest, UNC Chapel Hill, and Duke). As such all of these authors come to this issue as professionals concerned for the welfare of other people’s children.
Pollack’s article is very brief. He cites the results of studies that have shown that the the most frequent source of referrals of abused children to Child Protective Services (CPS) are professionals, especially teachers. Homeschooled children by definition do not have such outside surveillance. He has no hard data that homeschooling increases the risk of abuse, but he does cite the horrific story of Washington, D.C. resident Banita Jacks, who “homeschooled” her four daughters, all found dead in her home in early 2008. Continue Reading »
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Tara Jones, “Through the Lens of Home-Educated Children: Engagement in Education” in Educational Psychology and Practice (2013): 1-15 [Abstract Available Here]
Jones is a PhD student at the University of the West of Scotland. Here she presents the results of a creative effort to learn about home education from children in the United Kingdom, in hopes that the insights gleaned might help school professionals better deal with children who are becoming disaffected from school.
Jones begins by noting that disaffection from school is a major factor motivating many families to turn to home education–factors such as bullying, special education needs, and erratic behavior are frequently cited. Most of the research on this population in the UK, as with the research in the United States, has focused far more on the adults doing the homeschooling or making the policy than on the children themselves. Jones wanted to change that. Continue Reading »
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Jennifer L. Jolly, Michael S. Matthews, and Jonathan Nester, “Homeschooling the Gifted: A Parent’s Perspective” in Gifted Child Quarterly 57, no. 2 (December 2012): 121-134. [Abstract available here]
Jolly is Associate Professor of Elementary and Gifted Education at Louisiana State University. Matthews is Associate Professor of Gifted Education at University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Nester is a Ph.D. student at Louisiana State. Here they present the results of a rigorous qualitative examination of 13 families, laying out four generalizations about parents who homeschool gifted children. Continue Reading »
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For reasons I don’t fully understand, people continue to subscribe to this older site despite the fact that for almost a year I have not updated it. For the past year my reviews have been posted on the reviews section of the International Center for Home Education Research (ICHER) website.
I will continue to post new material at ICHER, but since I continue to get significant traffic at this older site, I have decided to update it with some of the posts I’ve done in the past year. If you want my latest stuff, please go here. But if you just want to peruse older research reviews, this site will work as well.
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A few minutes ago I published my latest review of some homeschooling literature at the International Center for Home Education Research Reviews Section. I’ve finally gotten the technology right so that readers who are following my facebook page will automatically receive an update whenever I post a new review.
This may be the final post I make to this particular blog. If you have somehow stumbled upon this site and would like to read my more recent reviews, this link will take you to the reviews section of ICHER. Thanks to everyone for many wonderful years of blogging and interacting with readers!
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I’m trying to make the transition from this site to the Reviews section of the International Center for Home Education Research website. I thought I had set it up so that my readers who have joined my facebook group Homeschooling Research Reviews would be able to get an automatic notification of new posts. But it didn’t happen the way I hoped it would. Until I get the technology fixed, I’ll post links here as well.
The new post reviews a fascinating doctoral dissertation about the legislative and legal situation concerning homeschooling both in the United States and Canada. While the U.S. stuff is pretty familiar to most readers, the Canadian material was, at least to me, completely fresh and very enlightening. Read the new post here.
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