An Analysis of Homeschool Resources used in the Chicagoland Area
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the resources used by a diverse population of homeschoolers. 73 participants in the Chicagoland area provided information on: resources that they used, online programs that they employed, which curriculum packets (if any) that they found useful, how they socialize their students and what they value as homeschooling parents. A review of the literature surrounding homeschoolers, establishes that they are an eclectic undefinable group united simply by their desire to homeschool their children. This study found that the resources homeschoolers use, are as diverse as the population itself. The first research hypothesis stated that the resources used by homeschool students were different from those used by public school students, was accepted using a Chi-Square critical of 7.78 and Chi-Square result of 69.48. The second research hypothesis stating that homeschooling parents do not use online educational programs to educate their homeschool students was accepted when the data analysis found a Chi-Square critical of 12.02 and a Chi-Square result of 248.84. The third research hypothesis stating that homeschooling parents do not use curriculum packets purchased from publishing vendors was accepted when the researcher found a Chi-Square result of 108.61 when Chi-Square critical of 22.31 was needed. The researcher using a Chi-Square critical of 12.017, found a Chi-Square result of 88.05 indicating that homeschooling parents do not use extracurricular activities to develop social skills in their students. The results for the fifth hypothesis set analysis used a Chi-Square critical of 13.36 and found a Chi-Square results of 307.03, demonstrating that homeschooling parents do value as important: field trips, hands-on activities, grades and test scores, life skills, real world experiences, and having fun while learning. The investigator concluded that the rapid growth of the homeschool population could potentially have an impact on the current public education system in the United States. Given the academic advancements of homeschools (when compared to their public school counterparts), this researcher advocates for continued research on this important topic.
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