Posts Tagged ‘Qualitative research’

This post reviews Albert G. Andrade, “An Exploratory Study of the Role of Technology in the Rise of Homeschooling” (Ph.D. Diss, Ohio University, 2008).

This is Andrade’s doctoral dissertation.  After an excellent and thorough review of extant literature on homeschooling he asks what forces led to its explosive growth in the 1980s and 1990s.  He has a hunch that the technological growth of those decades, especially the rise of the personal computer, might be an important factor.  Andrade interviewed 27 former and current homeschooling parents in the greater Albany, NY region to ascertain to what degree technology played a role in their decision to homeschool and the way in which they did so.  (more…)

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This post reviews Emma Stroobant, “Dancing to the Music of Your Heart: Home Schooling the School-Resistant Child” (Ph.D. Thesis, University of Auckland, 2006).  (Available fulltext here)

Stroobant, a doctoral candidate at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, here offers as her Ph.D. thesis a challenge to the dominant medical model that pathologizes the phenomenon of “school resistance”–the overwhelming fear of school and refusal to attend by some children.  Rather than medicating such children and forcing them to attend school, Stroobant looks at homeschooling as an alternative therapy.  (more…)

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