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 three items this month.
(1) 4-H Presentation Contest in Homeschool Learning: A Case Study — T. Estep (2021)
Abstract: The purpose of this project is to determine why homeschool teachers in Tazewell County, Virginia support and implement the Virginia 4-H presentations program and what potential life skills are learned by students. The theoretical framework for this study was the Experiential Learning Theory and Model. A qualitative case study was developed to determine why teachers utilize the contest and what potential life skills they feel students learn. The participants of this study were two Tazewell County homeschool teachers that implemented the program and subsequent contest each year with students. Teachers participated in a pre and post-interview that was audio recorded and transcribed. Themes that emerged included potential life skills learned and provided a better understanding as to why this contest has been supported for over 25 years. Recommendations from the research include conducting a similar study throughout the state to examine a larger sample. Practitioner recommendations include introducing new ways to implement the contest into teacher’s educational curriculum and share other teachers’ rubrics and lesson plans for this contest. Both would be beneficial in creating a more universal contest.
(2) Homeschooling: A Paradigm Shift During COVID-19 Crisis — V. Preethi & A.S. Arul Lawrence (2021)
Abstract: COVID-19 pandemic has shattered the human life globally. This paper tries to explain how education sector is affected by the pandemic. It has suspended all sorts of pedagogical services except electronic medium. Could an alternative education fill the void caused by the closure of institutions by homeschooling? This paper deals with homeschooling, its genesis and growth, a brief history of Indian homeschooling movement, homeschooling methodology, its advantages, disadvantages, support services and also enumerates that the positive impact of COVID-19 pandemic is the use of technology in educational sector.
(3) Homeschooling or Education Besieged in the Intèrieur: Notes from Walter Benjamin — L. Ventura (2020)
Abstract: This paper studies the homeschooling movement from the perspective of Walter Benjamin’s fragmentary hermeneutics. The objective is to define this movement as an epiphenomenon linked to the loss of communicability and poor experience that configures modernity, especially in the current period characterized by the control of education policies by financial hegemony’s neoliberalism. This text is underpinned by a Benjaminian methodology in order to construct monadological structures that characterize domestic education as a phenomenon derived from the increasingly accentuated process of interiorization of the bourgeois society, which assigns the private sphere to an important achievement of the liberal revolution itself: the modern universal school. As a provisional result, it appears that the homeschooling movement is another expression of the reactionary and solipsistic physiognomy of the bourgeois intèrieur.
What interesting homeschool news and research have you come across this Leo 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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