Homeschooling in America: Capturing and Assessing the Movement

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Corwin Press, 8 ago. 2012 - 200 páginas
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A surprising portrait of homeschooling today

Today, two million U.S. children are homeschooled, and their numbers have grown meteorically. Preeminent educational scholar Joseph Murphy draws on research spanning four decades to offer a revealing and balanced look at the growth of the homeschooling movement. Readers will find:

  • A complete history of the homeschooling movement
  • Demographic insights on today’s homeschooling families
  • Discussion of motivations for homeschooling, and how those vary among different groups
  • Comprehensive information on how homeschooled students fare academically, socially, and professionally
  • An illuminating perspective on how the homeschooling movement is influencing public education and society overall
 

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Índice

STAYING HOME DEFINITIONS AND ESTIMATES
1
An Overview
3
Definition
4
Prevalence of Homeschooling
7
Growth Rates
10
Compiling the Data
11
The State of Knowledge
12
Conclusion
14
Context Considerations
80
Motivational Frameworks
83
Introduction
84
ReligiousBased Motivations
87
Academic Deficiencies
93
SocialEnvironmental Problems
97
FamilyBased Motivation
100
Conclusion
104

A PORTRAIT THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF HOMESCHOOLING
15
Parent Education Levels
16
Better Educated
17
Family Income
18
Occupational Status
19
Race and Ethnicity
20
Marital Status
21
Parental Age and Religious Affiliation
22
Political Viewpoints
24
Family Size
25
SchoolingRelated Demographics for Students
26
Conclusion
27
RIDING HISTORY THE ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT OF HOMESCHOOLING
29
Foundations of Homeschooling
30
The Contemporary Taproots
32
Toward the Mainstream
35
A Rise in Legitimacy
36
Explanations
37
The DNA of Normalization
39
Creating Support Groups
40
The Fight for Legalization
44
Evolving Homeschooling Models
47
Conclusion
51
SEISMIC SHIFTS EXPLORING ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS THAT FOSTER HOMESCHOOLING
53
Before Homeschool 18001890
55
Before Homeschool 18901970
56
Changing Architecture of Schooling
57
Homeschooling 1970 on
58
Dismantling the 20th Century Environmental Architecture
59
The Evolution of a New Social Context Supporting Homeschooling
68
Conclusion
73
THE CALCULUS OF DEPARTURE PARENT MOTIVATIONS FOR HOMESCHOOLING
75
Motivational Dynamics
76
Three Sources of Motives
77
Complexity and Overlapping Rationales
79
A BALL IN PLAY HOMESCHOOLING IN ACTION
105
Introduction
106
Instructional Methods
107
Instructional Activity
109
Curricular Programs
110
Structure
111
Materials
112
Forms of Homeschooling
113
The Extended Curriculum
116
Assessment of Learning
119
Conclusion
120
THE END GAME THE IMPACT OF HOMESCHOOLING
121
The Quality of the Existing Research Base
122
What Counts as Evidence of Success
125
Broad Measures
126
Impact on the Social Fabric
127
Impact on Schools
129
Costs
131
Impact on Families
132
Homeschooling Effects on Children
133
Academic Achievement
134
Social Development
140
Social Engagement
143
SelfConcept
145
Social Skills
146
LongTerm Impacts
147
Conclusion
151
HUNCHES EXPLANATIONS FOR POSITIVE EFFECTS
153
A Theory of Action
155
Instructional Program
156
Learning Environment
159
Conclusion
160
REFERENCES
161
INDEX
179
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Joseph F. Murphy is the Frank W. Mayborn Chair and associate dean at Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University. He has also been a faculty member at the University of Illinois and The Ohio State University, where he was the William Ray Flesher Professor of Education.

In the public schools, he has served as an administrator at the school, district, and state levels, including an appointment as the executive assistant to the chief deputy superintendent of public instruction in California. His most recent appointment was as the founding president of the Ohio Principals Leadership Academy. At the university level, he has served as department chair and associate dean.

He is past vice president of the American Educational Research Association and was the founding chair of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC). He is co-editor of the AERA Handbook on Educational Administration (1999) and editor of the National Society for the Study of Education (NSSE) yearbook, The Educational Leadership Challenge (2002).

His work is in the area of school improvement, with special emphasis on leadership and policy. He has authored or co-authored 18 books in this area and edited another 12. His most recent authored volumes include Understanding and Assessing the Charter School Movement (2002), Leadership for Literacy: Research-Based Practice, PreK-3 (2003), Connecting Teacher Leadership and School Improvement (2005), Preparing School Leaders: Defining a Research and Action Agenda (2006), and Turning Around Failing Schools: Lessons From the Organizational Sciences.

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