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. 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 or introductions below are quoted in full whenever possible, without editing.
We have four items this month; the fourth includes a critique of Elizabeth Bartholet’s call for a ban on homeschooling, which has been noted in these monthly reviews several times previously.
(1) ‘Homeschooling in Times of Corona’: Exploring Mexican and German Primary School Students’ and Parents’ Chances and Challenges During Homeschooling — M. Pozas, V. Letzel, & C. Schneider (2021)
Abstract: The Corona virus (COVID-19) crisis forced many countries to follow strict protocols ordering schools to close. With schools under lockdown, homeschooling has become the only form of schooling available. Reports have indicated that parents and students have struggled with the challenges of homeschooling. Against this background, this study explored primary school students and parents’ educational chances and challenges during homeschooling in two countries: Mexico and Germany. Comparing these two countries can shed light into potential differences of how inclusive approaches have been incorporated in homeschooling. Following a qualitative approach, thirteen semi-structured interviews were conducted with parents and school students. Results from a qualitative content analysis revealed that parents across both countries face challenges to organise homeschooling and motivate their children. However, they spent more time with their children. Primary school students in Germany and Mexico are challenged considerably by the loss of social contact.
(2) Homeschooling: An Alternative to New Normal Adaptation of Learning — E. Damayanti, E.M.P. Dewi, N.M. Jalal, M. Rasyid, & N. Haeba (2020)
Abstract: This research aims at finding out the public perception about the homeschooling which is chosen as an alternative in adaptation to the new normal learning. This research took forty-eight participants who are dominated by educators and magister or profession. Questionnaire as the instrument on this research was shared via Google form. The collected data were analyzed by using descriptive statistics. The findings show that the participants think about the theme “Homeschooling: An Alternative to New Normal Adaptation of Learning” in workshop activities suitable with the conditions of the covid-19 pandemic and fulfill the participants’ needs. The previous studies show that many things should be considered by looking at the advantages and risks of applying homeschooling, which means that other alternatives such as pleasant activities can be applied during the new normal.
(3) Homeschooling Mothers: Precarious by Choice? — K. Machovcová, A. Beláňová, Y. Kostelecká, & M. Mccabe (2020)
Abstract: This article presents the findings of a study on homeschooling in Czechia. It focuses on the gender aspects of this uncommon educational decision. Based on forty-three individual interviews with homeschooling parents, the article’s unifying thread is interest in understanding how mothers are involved in the decision to homeschool, and how the practice is embedded in gendered relationships within the society. We explore the results from two perspectives. First, we consider how the choice to homeschool lies simultaneously in embracing and opposing cultural imperatives of good mothering. Second, we explore the precarious status of homeschooling mothers in relation to economic independence. By shedding light on individual choice within social structures, we situate the practice of homeschooling within the gender inequalities of today’s society.
(4) Between Elitism and Populism: A Case for Pluralism in Schooling and Homeschooling — R. Maranto (2020)
Abstract: Inherently, populism questions elite values and expertise; thus, populists oppose and usually are opposed by elites. Here, I discuss how American Political Science treats elitism, pluralism, and populism, relying heavily on the U.S. Founders’ constitutional approaches limiting the power of factions to impose social and political uniformity. Second, I summarize how these models approach the provision of schooling, particularly school choice including homeschooling. In America, public education practice is dominated by elite bureaucratic experts supporting quasi-monopolistic factory models of schooling and unsupportive of the academic rigor some parents desire. Pluralist education as practiced in certain other nation states and historically may offer greater academic success and social peace through diversity, while enhancing achievement and equity. I use these discussions as foundations to critique Bartholet, who argues for severely restricting homeschooling to empower bureaucratic experts and disempower parents. I find it unlikely that such schemes can be implemented without animus against minority factions, and thus without degrading the social diversity inherent to pluralism.
What interesting homeschool news and research have you come across this Orion Term? 👩🏻🎓
❡ Explore more: If you’d like to investigate the current academic literature on homeschooling yourself, the best place to start is Google Scholar, the special academic search engine from Google. Just enter a search term or phrase of interest (“homeschool,” “unschooling,” “classical homeschooling,” “deschooling,” etc.), and Google Scholar will return a list of academic publications that mention your topic. 🔎
❡ Explore more: For a comprehensive review of homeschooling research prior to 2020, see the paper by Kunzman and Gaither that is linked as the first item in our Research & News post for July 2020. 📖
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