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.

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