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Canadian Home-Based Learning Research

This list is presented for the use of individuals and the media who are interested in learning about home-based education in Canada. The state of home-based learning research in Canada is young and imperfect. Some of these research reports are non-academic in nature and therefore may have methodological weaknesses, and others may be biased by the source of funding or skewed by the source of survey respondents (eg. recruitment by a faith-based organization resulting in a portrait of only faith-based homeschooling but presented as portraying the full range of home-based educators). Additionally, home-based educating parents who use curriculum and standardized testing are generally more willing to be research subjects than those at the unschooling/life learning end of the spectrum.

Priesnitz, Wendy. Home-Based Education in Canada. Unionville ON: Canadian Alliance of Homeschoolers/The Alternate Press, 1990.

Nicol, Jan. Keeping alive the curiosity : a phenomenological study of the pedagogical practices of a non-sectarian homeschooling support group. MA Thesis. Vancouver, BC: Department of Education, Simon Fraser University, 1993.

Smith, D.S. Parent-Generated Home Study in Canada: The National Outlook. Westfield NB. The Francombe Place Research  Associates, 1993.

Ray, Brian. A Nationwide Study of Home Education in Canada: Family Characteristics, Student Achievement, and Other Topics. Salem, OR: National Home Education Research Institute, 1994.

Myers, Anna. Family Relationships and Parenting Styles of Homeschooling and Non-Homeschooling Families. M.Sc. Thesis. Guelph, ON: University of Guelph, 1994.

Luffman, Jacqueline; Cranswick, Kelly. A Profile of Home Schooling in Canada. Ottawa, ON: Statistics Canada, Education Quarterly Review 4, 1997.

Arai, A. Bruce. Homeschooling and the Redefinition of Citizenship. Tempe, AZ: Education Policy Analysis Archives, 7 (27), 1999

Arai, A. Bruce. Reasons for Homeschooling in Canada. Canadian Journal of Education 25 (3), 2000.

Basham, Patrick et al. Home Schooling: From the Extreme to the Mainstream. Vancouver, BC: Fraser Institute, 2001.

Gaumont, Leo. Home Education and Post Secondary Admissions. Edmonton, AB: Conference of the Association of Registrars of Universities and Colleges of Canada, 2002.

Van Pelt, Deani. Home Education in Canada: A Report on the Pan-Canadian Study on Home Education 2003.  Red Deer, AB: The Canadian Centre for Home Education, 2003.

Davies, Scott; Aurini, Janice. Homeschooling and Canadian Educational Politics: Rights, Pluralism and Pedagogical Individualism. Evaluation & Research in Education, 17 (-3) 2003.

Luke, Catherine. Home Schooling: Learning From Dissent. Winnipeg, MB: Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, Issue 25, 2003.

Brabant, Christine; Bourdon, Sylvain; Jutras, France. Home Education in Quebec: Family First. Evaluation & Research in Education, 17 (2-3), 2003.

Brabant, Christine. L'éducation à domicile au Québec: les raisons du choix des parents et les principales caractéristiques sociodémographiques des familles. MA Thesis. Sherbrooke, QC: Faculté d'éducation, Université de Sherbrooke, 2004.

Horsburgh, Fergus, B.N. Homeschooling Within the Public School System. MA Thesis. Vancouver, BC: Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, 2005.

Hepburn, Claudio; Basham, Patrick; Merrifield, John. Home Schooling: From the Extreme to the Mainstream, 2nd Edition. Vancouver, BC: Fraser Institute, 2007.

Zur Nedden, Natalie. Reflections on Homeschooling, Mothering, and Social Change: The Life History of Wendy Priesnitz. Doctoral Thesis. Toronto, ON: Department of Adult Education and Counselling Psychology, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, 2008.

Neven Van Pelt, Deani A.; Allison, Patricia A.; Allison, Derek J. Fifteen Years Later: Home-Educated Canadian Adults. London, ON: Canadian Centre for Home Education, 2009.

Martin-Chang, Sandra; Gould, Odette N.; Meuse, Reanne E. The impact of schooling on academic achievement: Evidence from homeschooled and traditionally schooled students. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science/Revue canadienne des sciences du comportement, Vol 43(3), Jul 2011, 195-202. 

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