Your Name and Title: Dr. Chris Deason
School, Library, Museum, or Organization Name (if applicable): Full Sail University
Co-Presenter Name(s): Kattya Graham
Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Orlando, Florida
Language in Which You Will Present: English and Spanish
Target Audience(s): HomeSchooling families, HomeSchool practitioners, K-12 teachers, Higher Education Faculty, and any parents and teachers interested in understanding more about homeschooling instructional methods, learning spaces, and teaching resources.
Short Session Description (one line): Our session will share interview data from a purposeful sample of five homeschooling families from various regions of the United States regarding their instructional methods, learning spaces, and teaching resources.
Full Session Description (as long as you would like):
Homeschooling (i.e., home education or home based learning) is the education of children by parents, tutors, and community members rather than in other formal settings of public and private school. Homeschooling is a legal option for parents in most countries, allowing them to provide their children with a learning environment as an alternative to public or private schools outside the individual's home. Exceptions to this legal status of homeschooling include Germany and Sweden. Green and Hoover-Dempsey's (2007) findings of 136 homeschool families suggest that home-schooling parents appear to be motivated by an active role in supporting their children's construction of knowledge and skills, a strong sense of efficacy and duty for helping their child learn, and offering their children positive perceptions of life.
During our session we will present the findings of in-depth interviews from 5 mothers homeschooling their children from various regions of the United States; the geographic locations include 2 mothers from Orlando, Florida, 1 mother from Lubbock, Texas, 1 mother from Omaha, Nebraska, and 1 mother from Phoenix, Arizona. The data is derived from standardized interview questions addressing pedagogical concerns including instructional methods, instructional learning spaces, and teaching resources including print, community, technology, and Web-based resources.
Green, C.L. & Hoover-Dempsey, K.V. (2007). Why do parents homeschool? A systematic examination of parental involvement.Education and Urban Society, 39(2),doi: 10.1177/0013124506294862