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Title: A comparative study of attitudes towards home education, held by state officials and home educators in England and Wales, and in Florida, USA
Author: Eddis, Samantha
ISNI:       0000 0004 2679 9279
Awarding Body: University of Surrey
Current Institution: University of Surrey
Date of Award: 2007
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This study was built on the premise that home education is legal in England and Wales, as well as Florida, United States of America. State officials, responsible for monitoring home educators, were approached in 172 local education authorities (LEAs) in England and Wales, and 67 local school districts (SDs) in Florida for a postal questionnaire, and home education documentation. From the initial participants .who responded (108 LEAs, 39 SDs), a further 18 state officials and 13 home educators gave telephone interviews on issues raised by the literature and quantitative data. The choice of two societies was based on an expectation that tension or discordant attitudes were likely between state officials and home educators, and more so in England and Wales than in Florida. This expectation was partly drawn from the past thirty years' research defending home education as a suitable alternative to public or private school education. The limited number of studies investigating state officials' or home educators' perceptions also indicate tensions (petrie 1992, Lowden 1993). The two groups of people were chosen as they have most opportunity to interact with, or be affected by, each other when complying with home education laws. Where issues such as curriculum control, socialisation, monitoring procedures and child protection concerns were drawn from the literature and quantitative documentation analysis, this study explored further through comparison with qualitative data.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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