A few months ago I reviewed Joseph Murphy’s excellent book that synthesizes nearly all of the literature on homeschooling into a convenient, coherent, and literate volume titled Homeschooling in America: Capturing and Assessing the Movement. A couple of years before Dr. Murphy’s book came out Rob Kunzman and I decided that we wanted to do the same thing. I’ve been reviewing homeschooling literature since 2008 on this blog, and Dr. Kunzman has compiled an exhaustive bibliography, which can be accessed here. Our article summarizing and synthesizing all of this literature came out a few weeks ago and I asked Dr. Murphy if he would review it for me. He graciously agreed to do so, and here are his comments: (more…)
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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 | Leave a Comment »
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.
This post reviews R. Pennings, et al., “A Rising Tide Lifts all Boats: Measuring Non-Government School Effects in Service of the Canadian Public Good” (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 2012). Available for free download here.
Back in 2011 I reviewed the first Cardus Survey, which provided rare randomly sampled data about young adults who had been homeschooled in the United States. This new study does the same for Canada. In the first study the Cardus researchers uncovered some fascinating information about adult homeschoolers, some of which proved rather controversial because it was not very flattering toward homeschooling.
This new study’s results are fairly similar. The study is about much more than homeschooling, but since this is a blog about homeschooling research I will limit my comments to the homeschooling findings. (more…)
This post reviews Alissa Cordner, “The Health Care Access and Utilization of Homeschooled Children in the United States” in Social Science and Medicine 75 (2012): 269-273.
Cordner, a graduate student in sociology at Brown University, here offers her first foray into homeschooling research. She used the 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), a government phone survey of over 91,000 households randomly sampled from the national population. The NSCH asked families about the kind of schooling the child being reported on attended, including homeschooling, so Cordner’s got great data from which to draw conclusions. (more…)
Posted in Quantitative data, tagged Blue States, Homeschooling Enrollment Trends, Kathy Balmer, National Center for Education Statistics, Red States, State Homeschooling Data on February 6, 2012 | 8 Comments »
About 2 and a half years ago I posted all the available data provided by the various states that keep records on homeschooling enrollment figures (I recognize that some homeschoolers don’t like the term “enrollment,” but for the states that’s what this is). I explained then that this information is notoriously unreliable for at least three reasons: 1. data collection is haphazard, varying widely by state, by district within a state, and from year-to-year, 2. the figures provided by some states don’t account for homeschoolers who may choose to do so by, say, registering as private schools, and 3. some homeschoolers simply refuse to register with the state and hence are not included in these tallies.
Despite these shortcomings I was interested at the time in this statewide data because of a discrepancy I was noting between my own subjective impressions of a slowing down of homeschooling growth here in Pennsylvania even as the National Center for Education Statistics had just come out with their latest estimates showing a dramatic increase in homeschooling nationwide since 2003.
My first effort to generalize from this state data led me to conclude that as of 2007, eight states were seeing growth, six were basically flat, and three were seeing declines. I also noted that for the most part the states that were seeing growth were “Red,” or Republican-leaning states, and those that were either holding steady or declining were mostly “Blue,” or Democrat-leaning.
Well, now that two more years have passed, what has happened? (more…)
Posted in Quantitative data, research methodology, tagged Brian Ray, Cardus Education Survey, David Sikkink, divorce statistics, early marriage, HSLDA, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, Jeremiah Lorrig, Josh Harris, Knowledge Networks, random samples, random sampling on September 23, 2011 | 6 Comments »
This post reviews Ray Pennings, et. al., Cardus Education Survey (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 2011) [available here]
Phase 1 of the Cardus Education Survey was released a few weeks ago and has garnered significant national attention for its insights into private Christian schooling. Though not the report’s major emphasis, it also includes some very interesting information about homeschooling. (more…)
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 | 17 Comments »
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…)