Ph.D Educational Leadership, Policy & Social Change
Research, Theory, Design and Methods
Eight Article Annotations for Research on Home Schooling as an alternative to large classrooms
Duvall, Steven F., Delquadri, Joseph C.,Ward, D. Lawrence (2004). A Preliminary Investigation of the Effectiveness of Homeschool Instruction Environments for Students with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. School Psychology Review. Vol. 33 Issue 1, p140-158. Education Research Complete.
Duvall, Delquadri & Ward (2006) explored what, if any, academic gains could be made when parents of students with ADHD choose to home school their children. The focus is really on whether or not the parent is capable of providing ‘adequate instruction’. The population consists of students with handicaps and/or special challenges. The study made use of a mixed method design for research. An overview shows that home schooling does have many academic advantages for the students when compared with having a traditional educational process.
This article was chosen because the goal of study is to determine if home school could be an option for administrators. The focus is to have it be an alternative for students who would normally be distractions to themselves or other students in a normal classroom setting. ADHD students are one type of student who usually exhibits behavioral challenges for instructors.
Jones, P., Gloeckner, G. (2004). Perception and Attitudes Toward Homeschooled Students. Journal of College Admission, Issue 185, p12-21. 10p.
The article explores the origination and growth of homeschooling in the nation. Fifty admission officers from colleges across the US were surveyed with regard to their perceptions about home schooling. The survey had 15 questions and 3 parts. The study concludes with the progression of admission counselors’ attitudes regarding the quality and academic preparedness of students when home schooled.
Many parents may be ambivalent about choosing home school if a stigma is attached to it, particularly if the student believes that he is so different that he will be ostracized. I am curious to detect how home school is perceived by students who well be likely candidates if homeschooling could be an option to remove volatile or disruptive students from the classroom. Further, if these parents or students believe their options for good university prospects based on a flawed perception of home schooling, people would be less likely to choose it.
Duvall, Steven F.(2011). Assessing Homeschooled Students. Curriculum Based assessments. 40 Issue 4, p22-23. 2p.
Due to a 76% increase in homeschooled students since 1999, the school professionals have had to contend with assessing the progress of these students which may not use normal techniques. The author conducted a longitudinal study spanning 20 years. He assessed 2,000 school aged students to determine. The data collection varied due to an inability to use the same assessments to determine if the homeschooled students were progressing comparatively. The study concludes that due to an increase of these students and the unique environments in which they learn, different tools must be used to assess their previous achievements in order to place them and continue educating them.
This article presents one of the challenges that presents itself to school professionals once homeschooling is used as an option for students. Will the benefits of removing certain students from the classroom prove to be more detrimental in this area? Or will the benefits still supersede this new challenge of assessment?
van Schalkwyk, L., Bouwer, C. (2011). Homeschooling: Heeding the Voices of Learners. Education as Change. Dec., Vol. 15 Issue 2, p179-190. 12p. DOI: 10.1080/16823206.2011.619147