Contextualizing Homeschooling Data: A Response to Rudner
Keywords: Comparative Analysis Parents as Teachers Home Schooling National Surveys Parent Background Elementary Secondary Education Family School Relationship
AbstractRudner (1999) presents the results of a survey and testing program, administered by Bob Jones University (BJU), for homeschooling students. In this response, we applaud Rudner's contribution to building a greater understanding of the homeschooling movement. However, we also voice a strong concern that what Rudner contributed with one hand, he took back with the other. We contend that Rudner's analysis of the BJU data fails to offer a straightforward explanation of important and striking limitations. The unfortunate result is an inaccurate portrayal of homeschoolers as a white, Christian, monolithic population. Although the results of Rudner's analyses are likely valid for the particular population he studied, his insufficient attention to the data's bias has led to an erroneous picture of homeschooling.
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Welner, K. M., & Welner, K. G. (1999). Contextualizing Homeschooling Data: A Response to Rudner. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 7, 13. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.v7n13.1999
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