Research explaining why homeschooling works.
From academic, government and other inclusive resources.
About Homeschool Research
is Highly Flawed Postcard
Just what is the Wikipedia for anyway? I really thought it was
about being a collaborative effort among those who know homeschooling?
Apparently not. By Ann Zeise.
Countering Problems Created by Research on Families
Being aware of the biases, flaws, and untrustworthiness of most research helps us maintain our confidence in the face of research that claims our children need repeated screening from birth on and attendance at a conventional preschool at early ages. It also helps us work for public policies that support children and their families. By Larry and Susan Kaseman, HEM J/F 2010.
Homeschooling Research Help Homeschooling
How will this research affect homeschooling, they wonder? What
are the potential pitfalls and problems? And somehow the questionnaire
seems like an invasion of privacy which fails to capture the
most important aspects of homeschooling anyway.
Evidence for Homeschooling: Constitutional Analysis in Light of Social Science Research
By Deborah Schwarzer, et al. The paper is based largely on the brief that they wrote and submitted about the efficacy of homeschooling. Download now. You will probably have to join before being allowed to download.
The Kingdom That Never Was: Inaccuracies in a Sociological Study
A recently published sociological study of homeschooling contains
serious misinformation that we homeschoolers need to understand
and be able to counter. By Larry and Susan Kaseman, HEM J/F 02.
Three Key Points About Homeschooling - Indiana University
- We don't have any comprehensive data about U.S. homeschoolers nationally: total number of homeschoolers, learning outcomes, or anything else.
- Claims that the "average homeschooler" outperforms public and private school students are simply not justified.
- There is no such thing as a "typical homeschooler."
Undoing The Harms of Homeschooling
From Reaction to Prevention, by Kate Brunner. An article provocatively entitled, "The Harms of Homeschooling," by Georgetown Law Center professor, Robin L. West, was published in the Summer/Fall 2009 issue of University of Maryland's Philosophy & Public Policy Quarterly. The piece recently caught the attention of the American homeschooling community with the author's harsh policy recommendations.
An Exploratory Study of the Role of Technology in the Rise of Homeschooling
Author: Andrade, Albert G., Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Ohio University, Instructional Technology (Education), 2008. The purpose of the research was to understand the relationship between the advent and wide-scale diffusion of computer and communication technologies and the growth of home education in the U.S. Download Full Text. 202 pages.
Home-Education: Rationales, Practices and Outcomes
Research by Paula Rothermel of the University of Durham explored the aims and practices of home-educating families from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. University of Durham, 2002.
Home Schooling as a Social Movement: Identifying the Determinants of Homeschoolers' Perceptions
A study done on a segment of home-based charter school students and their families in California. This study
was done to get a handle on the homeschooling community, and homeschoolers were not a part of the study! Must be purchased.
Home Schooling: School Choice and Women's Time Use
Home schooling has grown rapidly and now (2002) comprises over
two percent of school children. I model home schooling choice
using household-level data from the 1996 and 1999 National Household
Education Survey and, in a separate model, district-level data
from Wisconsin. By Eric Isenberg, Washington University,
Homeschooling Comes of Age
The rise of homeschooling is one of the most significant social
trends of the past half century. This reemergence of what is
in fact an old practice has occurred for a distinctly modern
reason: a desire to wrest control from the education bureaucrats
and reestablish the family as central to a child's learning.
Patricia M. Lines, The Public Interest, July 1, 2000.
Homeschooling and the Redefinition of Citizenship
A. Bruce Arai, Wilfrid Laurier University. This paper reviews
the research on homeschooling, as well as the major objections
to it, and frames these debates within the broader issues of
citizenship and citizenship education.
Modeling School Choice: A Comparison of Public, PrivateIndependent,
PrivateReligious and Home-Schooled Students
Of these, home-schooling is the most novel: since legalization
across the states in the last few decades, it has grown in importance
and legitimacy as an alternative choice. Thus, it is now possible
to investigate the motivation for home-schooling, relative to
the other schooling options. By Clive R. Belfield, Columbia University.
Shows Benefits of Homeschooling
Dr. Raymond S. Moore: As the one whose research is generally
credited for the founding of this fast-growing educational phenomenon,
I would like to clarify a few crucial points about homeschooling.
Research Studies, Academic Papers, & Related Publications
These bibliographies will be updated regularly. Currently, there are nearly 1,500 distinct citations provided among the following lists. Lists by topic, author, date, and format.
Education: Toward Building a Homeschooling Research Agenda
By Kariane Mari Nemer, UCLA Graduate School of Education &
Information Studies. In pursuit of a comprehensive knowledge
of national education, therefore, we need to direct more attention
to understanding the education of homeschooled children. Moreover,
such studies will generate a wealth of information applicable
to broader educational settings.
Is Pat Lines and Why Is She Writing About Homeschooling?
Intentionally or not, recent writings by Patricia M. Lines work
against homeschooling. By Larry and Susan Kaseman. HEM N/D 03.
The Education Freedom Index
An equally weighted average of five measures: charter school options, government-assisted private school options, home-schooling options, inter-district transfer options, and relocation options. By Jay P. Greene, Senior Fellow, The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.
Investigating young children's perceptions of homeschooling
This paper suggests how we may bridge the divide that currently
exists between home-based education and institutional schooling
in order to bring benefits to children and families alike as
we head towards the year 2000. By Donna Broadhurst, 1999.
Website designed around a "building" motif, translating
research and theory into workable solutions for contemporary
Virtual Schooling At The Middle Grades: A Case Study
The purpose if this study was to investigate a virtual program,
providing descriptions and assessments from the different participants
at the host junior high school. By Del Litke.
See also Learning
in the United States: Trends and Characteristics
Home schooling is a more radical departure from education as
it is currently practiced, it affects more schools, and it has
the potential to force numerous adjustments to current curricular
practices. By Kurt J. Bauman, U.S. Census Bureau, 2002.
in Nevada: The Budgetary Impact
by John T. Wenders, Ph.D.* and Andrea D. Clements, Ph.D.* A new
study by the Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI) finds homeschooled
students save Nevada taxpayers millions of dollars each year,
refuting the notion that homeschooling costs school districts
See also Success Stories
Ultra-Conservative Sponsored Research
Take note that these studies tend
to use small samples of Christian homeschoolers only and do not
accurately reflect the whole homeschool population. Their aim
is to promote the Protestant Reconstructionist agenda. Rebuttals
Side of the PJE study of Tennessee Homeschooling
First published as "A Response to: 'the Home Schooling Mother-Teacher
Toward a Theory of Social Integration' by Susan A. McDowell of
the Peabody Journal of Education" at EducationNews.org on
9/14/00. By TnHomeEd owner, Kay Brooks.
More impressive than these test scores is the study's analysis of the variables that impact standardized test scores, such as parents' level of education and family income. For example, home-schoolers whose parents do not have college degrees still tested in the 83rd percentile.
Back To the Future
Isabel Lyman's thoughtful research paper about homeschooling.
CATO Institute. January 7, 1998.
Homeschooled kids are less preoccupied with peer acceptance,
By William R. Mattox Jr. SF Chronicle. Research by Brian Ray
of the National Home Education Research Institute.
Home schooling improves academic performance and reduces impact of socio-economic factors
Release Date: October 04, 2007. TORONTO, ONüHome schooling appears to improve the academic performance of children from families with low levels of education, according to a report on home schooling released today by independent research organization The Fraser Institute.
Nearly Nine of Ten Oregonians Would Opt Out of Regular Public Schools
January 5, 2009. Nearly nine out of ten Oregon residents would send their children to private, charter, or virtual schools, or educate their children in a home school setting if they had the decision-making authority, according to the results of a public opinion survey released today by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, the Cascade Public Policy Institute, and several other state and national organizations.
Homeschooling on the Threshold
National Homeschool Education Research Institution (NHERI) provides
statistics about Christian homeschoolers and their families.
Do note that it omits the rest of the homeschooling population.
Fraser Study, October 2007
The Fraser Study: Puffing Up Homeschooling and Selling Our Freedoms
This column addresses major problems with the Fraser study, explains why we should not cite the study despite its positive statements about homeschooling, and suggests ways we can minimize the damage it does. By Larry and Susan Kaseman, HEM J/F 08.
Home Schooling: From the Extreme to the Mainstream, 2nd Edition
This second edition builds on the original with new research and data. The paper considers the educational phenomenon of home schooling in Canada and the United States, its regulation, history, growth, and the characteristics of practitioners before reviewing the findings on the academic and social effects of home schooling.
Rudner's Study for HSLDA
Contextualizing Homeschooling Data: A Response to Rudner
Why Rudner's analysis of the BJU data fails to offer a straightforward
explanation of important and striking limitations. By Kariane
Mari Welner, UCLA, and Kevin G. Welner, UP.
Study: Embarrassing and Dangerous
This study reports on the academic achievements of only a very
narrow group of homeschoolers and is not at all representative
of the homeschooling community as a whole, so its findings do
not apply to homeschoolers in general.
and Demographic Characteristics
... of Home School Students in 1998. Lawrence M. Rudner. Study
used students located through Bob Jones and HSLDA only, so results
skewed toward fundamentalist Christian homeschoolers.
the Boundaries of Parental Authority over Education: The Case
by Rob Reich. Abstract: How should the liberal state regulate
homeschooling, the arrangement that gives parents the most control
over the education of children? (This link goes to a book. This
article is in the book.)
Boundaries of Parental Authority
A Response to Rob Reich of Stanford University
The real root of the problem home education presents to Reich
is that home educators have removed themselves from America's
educational system and its underlying values. By Thomas W. Washburne,
Stop Aiding and Abetting Academicians' Folly
We need to be prepared to counter academic papers about homeschooling
(such as the recent one by Reich) to minimize the chances of
their being used to support increased regulation of homeschooling.
By Larry and Susan Kaseman.
of Sponsor's Status
in the United States: 1999
The Parent Survey of the National Household Education Surveys
Program, 1999 (Parent-NHES:1999) provides a comprehensive set
of information that may be used to estimate the number and characteristics
of homeschoolers in the United States.