Archive for April, 2009

Several months ago, just prior to the new NCES data that was released, I posted enrollment data from six states that suggested a levelling off of homeschool growth.

Then, only a few weeks later, NCES came out with data that suggested continued dramatic growth in homeschooling!

Now, finally, I’ve got all of the available state data in one place, accompanied by convenient graphs that make trends very easy to observe, followed by references for where it all came from.  The final product was too complicated to post in the normal manner, so my handy workstudy student Philip Martin helped me put it together into a PDF.

Here it is: Home School Data


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This post reviews Patricia M. Greenfield, “Linking Social Change and Developmental Change: Shifting Pathways of Human Development” in Developmental Psychology 45, no. 2 (March 2009): 401-418

Greenfield is a luminary in the field of psychocultural research, the comparative study of psychology across geographic and ethnic boundaries.  She is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at UCLA and Associate Director of the Children’s Digital Media Center, Los Angeles (CDMCLA).

In this fascinating article Greenfield constructs a broad theory to explain how changes in society interface with changes in child development.  In this review I will briefly summarize her theory and then explain how it connects to homeschooling.  (more…)

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This post briefly reviews Hyunjoon Park, “Home Literacy Environments and Children’s Reading Performance: A Comparative Study of 25 Countries” in Educational Research and Evaluation 14, no. 6 (Winter 2008): 489-505

Park, a professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, here gives the results of an ambitious study of 25 countries aiming to determine the degree to which home literacy environments affect children’s reading abilities.  (more…)

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This post reviews Jennifer Lois, “Emotionally Layered Accounts: Homeschoolers’ Justifications for Maternal Deviance” in Deviant Behavior 30, no. 2 (February 2009): 201-234

Lois, a sociology professor at Western Washington University, here investigates how homeschooling mothers deal with criticisms of their actions.  (more…)

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