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Friday, August 6, 2010

Weekend Reading - NZ research on homeschooling

This week we delve into some homegrown research on home education. Research on home ed in NZ is pretty thin on the ground, with most information around having either come from the States, the UK or is largely based on someone's unexamined assumptions.

Today's reading is a recent PhD thesis from a student at Massey University. We did a little highlight of the research back in May, with a link to the newspaper article about the author, and now we can bring you the whole thesis itself!

Don't be scared - it's incredibly easy to read, and not weighed down with edu-speak, or other jargon. The author seeks to answer two questions; 1) Why do some NZ families choose to homeschool?; and 2) How do they go about it?

I'm only some of the way into it myself (having had to relinquish the computer last night to another family member!), but so far it has been fascinating.

Parental choice in education: Homeschooling in New Zealand
, by Leo Roache

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