Posted in Academic Achievement, Curriculum, Family life, Homeschool Jurisprudence, Homeschool Law, Homeschooling and Higher Education, International Homeschooling, Parental motivation, public school and homeschool partnerships, Quantitative data, research methodology, tagged Joseph Murphy, lit review, Milton Gaither, Other Education, Rob Kunzman on February 6, 2013 |
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The journal Other Education has just published an article Rob Kunzman and I wrote together titled, “Homeschooling: A Comprehensive Survey of the Research.” It is the culmination of years of work by both of us compiling every piece of research on homeschooling ever written, culling through them all to select the best material, organizing them into coherent categories, and writing up the results.
Several months ago I reviewed Joseph Murphy’s excellent book Homeschooling in America: Capturing and Assessing the Movement, which is a very thorough review of the scholarly literature. Our article is not nearly so long as Dr. Murphy’s book and thus it lacks some of the detail he provides. Anyone interested in homeschooling research should read his book cover to cover and keep it on the shelf for frequent reference. But despite its length and depth of coverage, there are some topics and a few key studies Dr. Murphy leaves out, and he sometimes fails to differentiate between high and low quality studies or between studies published recently and those published decades ago. I think our article provides even more breadth and does a better job discriminating between sources. Plus you can download it for free! Do so here.
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Posted in Academic Achievement, Homeschooling and Higher Education, tagged Ave Maria University, Boston College, Domino's Pizza, Georgetown University, Marc Snyder, Notre Dame, Notre Dame University, Patrick Henry College, Tom Monaghan on July 2, 2012 |
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This post reviews Marc Snyder, “An Evaluative Study of the Academic Achievement of Homeschooled Students Versus Traditionally Schooled Students attending a Catholic University” (EdD Diss: Nova Southeastern University, 2011).
Snyder, who recently received his doctorate, here tries to fill in at least a bit the enormous gap that exists in our understand of Catholic homeschooling. He rightly notes in his lit review that very little research has been done on Catholic homeschoolers. (more…)
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Posted in Academic Achievement, Quantitative data, research methodology, tagged Bad Science, Ben Goldacre, Brian D. Ray, Brian Ray, Canada, Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, HSLDA, Lawrence Rudner, Odette N. Gould, Reanne E. Meuse, Rudner, Sandra Martin-Chang, structured homeschooling, unstructured homeschooling, Woodcock-Johnson Test of Achievement on July 29, 2011 |
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This post reviews Sandra Martin-Chang, Odette N. Gould, and Reanne E. Meuse, “The Impact of Schooling on Academic Achievement: Evidence from Homeschooled and Traditionally Schooled Children.” Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science 43, no. 3 (July 2011): 195-202.
The authors of this study of 74 children, half homeschooled, half institutionally schooled, conclude that structured homeschooling is best, public schooling next, and unstructured homeschooling worst at producing high levels of academic achievement. (more…)
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