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Record: Anat Gofen, “Reconciling Policy Dissonance: Patterns of Governmental Response to Policy Noncompliance” in Policy Sciences 48, no. 1 (2014): 3-24. [Abstract]

Summary: Gofen is a lecturer at The Federmann School of Public Policy and Governanceas part of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In this article she presents four patterns of governmental response to public noncompliance in the context of homeschooling and several other examples.  Continue Reading »

Record: Mary Rice Hasson, “The Changing Conversations around Homeschooling: An Argument for More Data and Less Ideology” in The University of St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy (2012*): 1-23. [First Page]

Summary: Hasson is a fellow at the Catholic Studies Program of the Ethics & Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. As the title suggests, she argues that policymakers should focus on the data and research behind homeschooling rather than ideological rhetoric.

Much of the article deals with how homeschooling has changed in the past 30 years. Continue Reading »

Record: Barbara L. Knox, Suzanne P. Starling, Kenneth W. Feldman, Nancy D. Kellogg, Lori D. Frasier, and Suzanna L. Tiapula, “Child Torture as a Form of Child Abuse” in Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma 7, (2014): 37-49.

Summary:  The authors, affiliated with a range of medical and educational institutions across the country, here come together to report on 28 cases of extreme child abuse, finding that the term “torture” aptly summarizes what these children experienced. Continue Reading »

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 »

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:

  1. Provide a definition for online charter schools.
  2. Describe how online charter schools have evolved.
  3. Explain how they operate.
  4. Discuss emerging concerns such as governance, funding and effectiveness.

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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 »

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 »