Record: Szymon Paciorkowski, “Homeschooling in Poland? Legal Status and Arguments Used in Polish Debate over Home Education” in Social Transformations in Contemporary Society (2014): 153-162. [Abstract Here]
Summary: Since 2011, Paciorkowski has been a PhD student of Law and Administration at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland. The purpose of the present article is summarize the current legal status and evolution of home education in Poland, especially with regards to the Polish School Education Act of 1991. Continue Reading »
Posted in International Homeschooling | Tagged Adam Mickiewicz University, Donald Tusk, Legal Status, Poland, School Education Act, Szymon Paciorkowski, Yvonne Kostelecka | Leave a Comment »
Record: Lisa H. Waters, Michael K. Barbour, and Michael P. Menchaca, “The Nature of Online Charter Schools: Evolution and Emerging Concerns” in Educational Technology & Society 17, no. 4 (2014): 379-389. [Full Article]
Summary: Waters is a Technology Integration Specialist at Flint Hill School in Oakton, Virginia. Barbour is the Director of Doctoral Studies for the Isabelle Farrington College of Education and an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Menchaca an Associate Professor with theDepartment of Learning Design and Technology at the University of Hawaii. Their goals for this literature review are to:
- Provide a definition for online charter schools.
- Describe how online charter schools have evolved.
- Explain how they operate.
- Discuss emerging concerns such as governance, funding and effectiveness.
Continue Reading »
Posted in public school and homeschool partnerships, Public Schools | Tagged Blended learning, Cyber Charter, Flint Hill School, Isabelle Farrington College of Education, Lisa H. Waters, Michael K. Barbour, Michael P. Menchaca, online, online charter schools, Sacred Heart University, University of Hawaii, virtual, virtual charter schools | Leave a Comment »
Record: Mark H. Butler, James M. Harper, Matthew L. Call, and Mark. H Bird, “Examining Claims of Family Process Differences Ensuing From the Choice to Home-School” in Education and Urban Society 47, no. 1 (2013): 86-108. [Abstract Here]
Summary: Butler and Harper are professors in the Brigham Young University School of Family, Life, Marriage and Family Therapy graduate programs. Call is a master’s student in the Family, Life, Marriage and Family Therapy program at Brigham Young University.Bird is a licensed Marriage and family therapist in private practice in Dallas, Texas. Here they explore whether homeschooling is as beneficial to the family as many people suppose. Continue Reading »
Posted in Family life, Public Schools | Tagged Education and Urban Society, Family Impact, Family Process, James Harper, Mark Bird, Mark Butler, Matthew Call | Leave a Comment »
Record: Michael Olalekan Olatunji, “Contemporary Homeschooling in the Republic of South Africa: Some Lessons for Other African Nations” in Middle Eastern and African Journal of Educational Research 9 (2014): 4-16. [Available Here]
Summary: Olatunji, whose affiliation is listed as the Botswana Institute for Educational Leadership, here summarizes the home education situation in South Africa and uses it to exemplify opportunities and potential pitfalls for other African nations. Continue Reading »
Posted in International Homeschooling | Tagged Africa Learning Barometer, African Child Policy Forum, Allison Shortridge, Andre Meintijies, Bokkie Meintijies, Botswana, Chris Klicka, Ethiopia, Graham Shortridge, HSLDA, Kenya, Louis Green, Michael Olalekan Olatunji, Middle Eastern and African Journal of Educational Research, National Coalition of Homeschoolers, Nigeria, Pestalozzi Trust, South Africa, Susette Brynard, Uganda, Zambia | Leave a Comment »
Record: Zheng Guo-ping, “A Qualitative Study of Educational Needs of Homeschooling Families in China” in US-China Education Review 4, no. 6 (June 2014): 391-400 [Available Here]
Summary: In early 2014 I reviewed a fascinating article by Xiaoming Sheng about “Meng Mu Tang,” an education cooperative operated by a Confucian Chinese mother that began as a home school for her own children and eventually expanded to twelve children in the city of Shanghai. This present study builds on Sheng’s work and offers an empirical study of this mother and four other home educating families in China. Continue Reading »
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Record: Chelsea McCracken, “How to Mislead with Data: A Critical Review of Ray’s ‘Academic Achievement and Demographic Traits of Homeschool Students: A Nationwide Study’ (2010).” Coalition for Responsible Home Education (15 January, 2014). [Available Here]
Summary: McCracken, who serves as the senior research analyst for the Coalition for Responsible Home Education, an organization advocating for increased regulatory protection of homeschooled children in the United States, here scrutinizes Brian Ray’s most recent study of homeschooler academic achievement. For my own summary and critique of Ray’s study click here. Continue Reading »
Posted in Academic Achievement, Quantitative data, research methodology | Tagged Brian D. Ray, Brian Ray, Chelsea McCracken, Coalition for Responsible Home Education | Leave a Comment »