Year of Publication

1984

Paper Type

Master's Thesis

College

College of Education and Human Services

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

Department

Education

First Advisor

Dr. Janice Wood

Second Advisor

Dr. William Herrald

Third Advisor

Dr. Jim Mittelstadt

Abstract

One purpose of this paper was to determine the teaching strategies and opinions of parents who home-school their children in Florida and south Georgia. Another purpose was to define the typical day of the children involved, and elicit their opinions and feelings about home-schooling. A multiple choice questionnaire was designed for the parents with twenty-six items, and a nine-item questionnaire was designed for the children. The findings of the study showed that children can receive a quality education in places other than schools, and the majority of parents involved in this study are well educated and concerned. The children spend typical days in an environment which is flexible, loving, and supportive. Their achievement on standardized testing indicates the high quality of education they are receiving. As a result of this study, school boards are encouraged to cooperate with the families and to offer resources to them as needed. Universities are also encouraged to support the home-schooling movement, and to conduct further research on learning in the home.

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