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On the third Tuesday of each month we post a quick roundup of some recent academic publications and news about homeschooling, offered for your interest. These are typically university research papers, and they may have a positive, negative, or neutral outlook on home education — and if they don’t seem appealing, just scroll on by. The title links generally point to the full text of each publication, which is often a printable pdf file. (Facebook readers should click to the attached blog post to find these links live.) In some cases, a paid subscription may be required to read the whole article. The article abstracts below are quoted in full whenever possible, without editing. We have five items this month:
(1) On Not Teaching Addition: A Homeschooling Parent Teaches and Researches Math — M.D. Cohen (2020)
Abstract: Interactions with the humans in one’s life can have bearings on the way one interacts with one’s work — and vice versa. In particular, the ways in which a math person who is also a parent interacts with their children can correlate with the ways that person interacts with students, colleagues, and with math itself. This article describes some of that correlation in one mathmom’s life. In particular, this mathmom worked toward balancing, both as a mom and as a teacher, her beliefs and feelings with societal mindsets and practices.
(2) Homeschooling [Encyclopedia entry] — M. Gaither (2020)
Abstract: The US homeschooling movement has grown steadily since the early 1980s. In that time a robust body of academic literature has emerged to assess various aspects of the phenomenon in relation to family life. This entry summarizes the findings of the literature on the history and demography of homeschooling in the United States, parental motivation, curriculum and social networks, and its impact on the life course.
(3) Homeschooling: An Alternative Education Based on Potential of Children — N. Purwaningsih and P.Y. Fauziah (2020)
Abstract: The reason underlying homeschoolers decide on homeschooling education is because of the emergence of the desire to provide education that supports children’s competence in their field. In addition, due to factors distrust of formal schooling and the provision of religious education. Homeschooling is a positive alternative education to develop children’s potential. Through homeschooling, children and homeschoolers together communicate learning that supports children’s talents and interests. The selected curriculum adjusts the reference of education in Indonesia, but is managed flexibly based on children’s autonomy. Homeschooling children learn the teaching materials required for diploma examinations that are officially recognized by the government and can be used to continue to higher education. Homeschooling children also have more opportunities to explore and develop potential based on intelligence and learning styles that are unique to each child. The flexibility of time and material decided to be studied by children contributes to the formation of independence and attitude of responsibility of children towards their learning tasks. Educational aspects include cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains, so that the homeschool education model provides satisfaction for homeschoolers and homeschooling children because it provides tangible experiences that benefit children’s life skills.
(4) Post-Homeschooling Moms: New Season, New Growth [Book] — C. Willis (2020)
Summary: When homeschooled students graduate, what comes next for their moms? Post-Homeschooling Moms addresses the need of refilling and redirection for the next season of their lives. Is the end of your home-schooling career within sight? With a combination of memoir, insights from other women who have experienced this transition, and practical wisdom, author Carol Willis offers encouragement and new vision as you move forward.
(5) Homeschooled and Self-Cultured: The Gendering of Margaret Fuller and Caroline Dall — L. Willsky‐Ciollo (2020)
Abstract: This article examines the gendering of the human mind by nineteenth-century Unitarians and Transcendentalists or, more specifically, the employment of the doctrine of “self-culture” to encourage girls and young women to cultivate traits that would lead themselves and others to gender their intellect “masculine,” even while many proponents of self-culture maintained a traditional understanding of woman’s role: as wife and mother and the keeper of house and home. Beholden to nineteenth-century categories of masculinity and femininity, many Unitarian and Transcendentalist men — and women — were ambivalent about the practical results of self-culture for women. How could the people who promoted self-culture and self-reliance as the primary religious duties of the spiritually engaged person show only lukewarm support and occasionally outright opposition for the women who followed such advice? To answer this question, this article examines the early lives and educational experiences of Margaret Fuller and Caroline Dall, in their own words and through primary and secondary sources that highlight self-culture as a source of both empowerment and enervation. In doing so it tracks how both the process and effects of cultivating the “masculine mind” shaped these women and their respective understandings of what it meant to be whole in their own bodies.
What interesting homeschool news and research have you come across this Orion Term? 👩🏻🎓
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