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Summary

This project addresses the "Exploring Human Learning and Thriving" focus by transforming the focus of homeschool research toward a strength-based, more inclusive research agenda beyond existing stereotypes associated with who homeschools and why. The project aims to expand understanding and value of homeschool research to inform educational knowledge overall.

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred controversy and tensions surrounding homeschooling. Consequently, the proposed two-day conference, "Setting the Agenda for Research and Practice: Exploring the Tensions and Possibilities of Homeschooling," has been conceptualized to address the following question:

"What research findings already exist and what research should be done to help scholars, parents, diverse homeschool communities and organizations, policymakers, and institutional educators understand and effectively and tangibly support parents in their decision-making whether to homeschool and parents’ practice of homeschooling their children?"

Conference participants will consist of homeschool researchers and educators representing diverse perspectives on homeschooling. This project addresses the "Exploring Human Learning and Thriving" focus by transforming the focus of homeschool research toward a strength-based, more inclusive research agenda beyond existing stereotypes associated with who homeschools and why. The project aims to expand the understanding and value of homeschool research to inform educational knowledge overall.

Sponsor

Spencer Foundation Conference Grant
$50,000

Principal Investigator

Cheryl Fields-Smith

Associate Professor, Educational Theory and Practice

Co-PIs

Marian Higgins

Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Andrea Dennis

Associate Dean for Faculty Development and John Byrd Martin Chair of Law

Active Since

January 2021