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. In some cases, a paid subscription may be required to read the whole article. The article abstracts and introductions below are quoted in full whenever possible, without editing.
We have three items this month. The first is a recording of an online panel discussion sponsored by the Cato Institute that took place just yesterday. The discussion was prompted by the controversy surrounding Harvard law professor Elizabeth Bartholet’s call for a “presumptive ban” on homeschooling in the United States. Bartholet’s work was noted here last month, and also in June of last year before it had received widespread public attention.
(1) Homeschooling: Protecting Freedom, Protecting Children — E. Bartholet, K. McDonald, M. Gaither, & N. McCluskey (2020)
Introduction: Long before COVID-19 forced almost all children to receive education at home, homeschooling — a parental decision to educate their children at home — was growing. For advocates, its purpose and value is to open space for diversity, enabling families to provide education different from what any school offers. Critics fear that it isolates children from the myriad people and ideas in society and can enable child abuse to go unchecked. These positions have recently come into high‐profile conflict and seem irreconcilable. Are they? Or do both sides have legitimate concerns that can be resolved through compromise? Join us for this timely discussion.
Abstract: This research examines perceived influences on Christian worldview development in homeschoolers. Primary research question was: How do homeschool students educated in a Christian environment develop a personal Christian worldview? Saturation was reached in this study with nine participants who were adult homeschool graduates who lived in the Unites States and who were educated in a Christian homeschool environment for at least 7 years to include secondary education. The research methodology was qualitative grounded theory that used interviews. A grounded theory emerged that identified eight actions parents and students can take that may encourage Christian worldview development.
Parent actions include:
1. Provide the student a safe Christian environment to learn;
2. Foster a positive relationship with the student through demonstrating the Christian worldview to include love and sacrifice;
3. Offer a customized learning experience with curriculum and learning activities that are Christian worldview and tailored to the student;
4. Encourage the student to own their faith and determine their beliefs based on the evidence parents provide and students discover through research; and,
5. Provide leadership and other opportunities for the student to demonstrate the Christian worldview.
Student actions include:
1. Study the Christian worldview through curriculum and learning activities provided by your parents and you discover through research;
2. Observe the Christian worldview in parents, siblings (if any), and others; and,
3. Practice the Christian worldview through leadership and other opportunities.
(3) The Influence of a University Homeschool Physical Education Program on Fundamental Motor Skills and Self-Confidence — M. Buns & K. LaValle (2020)
Abstract: Individuals are both more likely to participate in sports, exercise, and physical activity when they are skilled. Therefore, motor skills and skilled movement should be viewed as prerequisites to a physically active lifestyle. Children and adolescents who have achieved fundamental motor competence are also believed to perceive themselves as being competent although there is inconsistency in the results so far reported in the literature. Despite the unprecedented growth home homeschool education, studies have not examined the development of motor competency of homeschool students or its relationship to confidence. The current investigation examined the influence fundamental motor skill development and self-confidence of students enrolled in a university homeschool physical education program. Results from the pre-test (M = 13.92, SD = 2.8) and post-test (M = 20.75, SD = 3.5) fundamental motor skill observations indicate that the homeschool program led to an improvement in overall skill, t(52) = 12.05, p < .001 (E.S. = 1.06). Dependent-samples t-test produced significant results from pre to post for research participants [t (1,52) = 27.26 , p < .05, E.S. = 1.10], who improved their self-efficacy over the course of the study [baseline M self-efficacy = 71.92, SD = 16.52, endline M self-efficacy = 88.87, SD = 15.34]. This study showed that a university homeschool physical education program can lead to improvements in the developmental of fundamental motor skills and self-confidence.
What interesting homeschool news and research have you come across this Hercules Term? 👩🏻🎓
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