Research on Homeschooling Tells Us Plenty

by | Jan 9, 2018 | News

 The Context

In the past few years, detractors of homeschooling and its advocacy have been claiming that research on homeschooling proves almost nothing.  Consider the following quote by Christopher Lubeinski in the Peabody Journal of Education:

Those claims [“that homeschooling ‘works’ and ‘leads to’ desirable outcomes”] might be true but cannot be supported by analyses of extant empirical evidence. 

 Regardless of whether or not this claim was accurate in 2013, is there any recent information that can quantify homeschooling and its effects? Yes, and it reveals more than many critics seem to want to admit.

 One Recent Review of Research

Just two months ago, the peer-reviewed Journal of School Choice, published my manuscript entitled “A Systematic Review of the Empirical Research on Selected Aspects of Homeschooling as a School Choice.”  The article details the demographic characteristics of the U.S. homeschooling population and the reasons that parents choose to homeschool; summarizes the findings of studies on the homeschool learner outcomes of academic achievement, social development, and success in adulthood; and proposes future research on parent-led home-based education.

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