It’s always a welcome development when a notable journal decides to devote an entire issue to homeschooling. This has been done only a very few times. Back in 2000 the prestigious Peabody Journal of Education devoted Volume 75, Issue 1/2 to homeschooling, running several important articles that continue to be cited frequently in literature reviews. Highlights of this volume included articles on feminist themes in home schooling, special education and home schooling, partnerships with public schools, Richard Medlin’s survey of the literature on socialization, and a much-discussed critique of homeschooling by Chris Lubienski.
In 2003 the journal Evaluation and Research in Education devoted Volume 17, Issue 2/3 to homeschooling. Most of the articles published in this volume focused on homeschooling in countries other than the United States, though there was an important article by Mitchell Stevens on the U.S.A. as well as another critique of the movement by Chris Lubienski.
In 2004 the Journal of College Admissions devoted No. 185 to a much-needed discussion of homeschoolers and higher education. Important work was published on attitudes of university personnel toward homeschoolers, federal law governing homeschooling and higher education admission, performance of homeschooled kids in college, and practical advice for admissions officers seeking to recruit homeschooled applicants.
While much good work has been published on homeschooling since 2004 of course, it’s been five years since a significant academic journal devoted an entire issue to homeschooling. This year has seen two such efforts. A few weeks ago I reported on several articles published by TechTrends in vol. 53, No. 4. That issue was devoted to the cybercharter phenomenon. Some of the articles were better than others, but it was nice to see the trend recognized by a journal devoted to such things.
Now comes probably the most important special issue of a journal since the 2000 Peabody Journal release. Theory and Research in Education is a high-profile, high quality international education journal with great cachet in the field. As such I will be spending the next several posts reviewing the articles that collectively make up volume 7, number 3 of Theory and Research in Education, which is devoted entirely to homeschooling. As a foretaste of what’s to come, I’ll close this post with the contents of the issue. If you want to read the abstracts of these articles now you can view them here:
- Randall Curren
Theory and Research in Education 2009 7: 275-276.
- Cynthia M. Villalba
- Home-based education in Sweden: Local variations in forms of regulation
Theory and Research in Education 2009 7: 277-296.
- Thomas Spiegler
- Why state sanctions fail to deter home education: An analysis of home education in Germany and its implications for home education policies
Theory and Research in Education 2009 7: 297-309.
- Robert Kunzman
- Understanding homeschooling: A better approach to regulation
Theory and Research in Education 2009 7: 311-330.
- Milton Gaither
- Homeschooling in the USA: Past, present and future
Theory and Research in Education 2009 7: 331-346.
- Carrie Winstanley
- Too cool for school?: Gifted children and homeschooling
Theory and Research in Education 2009 7: 347-362.
- Michael S. Merry and Charles Howell
- Can intimacy justify home education?
Theory and Research in Education 2009 7: 363-381.