Posts Tagged ‘Home Schooling in Alaska’

One of the most interesting recent developments in homeschooling is the expansion of the practice to populations that historically have not been associated with it.  Given the dearth of representative, randomized sampling studies of homeschoolers, it has been very hard to quantify growth of this sort.  Many of the most oft-cited studies of homeschoolers, such as those conducted by Brian Ray and HSLDA (which I review here and here), use methods of data collection that lead to an over-representation of conservative Protestants.  Even the best quantitative data available can’t deliver even basic information on the racial, socio-economic, or ideological diversity among homeschoolers.

Another, less reliable way of getting at the growth of homeschooling among groups that have not traditionally done it is to attend to newspaper articles and so forth that offer more impressionistic, often intimate portraits of homeschooling.  This post briefly makes note of several recent news stories that describe homeschooling among a wide assortment of Americans who are choosing it for many reasons. (more…)

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This post reviews Dawn A. Contreras, “Breaking the Bonds of Isolation: Can Home-Based Education Increase Social Support Levels?” in Journal of Extension 46, no. 2 (April 2008): 13-20.

Contreras, Program Leader at Michigan State University Extension’s Institute for Children, Youth, and Families, here presents the results of a study of the effectiveness of a parent-education program called  Building Strong Families, which offers at-home parenting classes to “limited-resource” parents with very young children.  (more…)

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