Too cool for homeschool? Accessing underground unschoolers with Web 2.0

English, Rebecca Maree (2015) Too cool for homeschool? Accessing underground unschoolers with Web 2.0. In Trimmer, Karen, Black, Ali, & Riddle, Stewart (Eds.) Mainstreams, Margins and the Spaces In-between New possibilities for education research. Taylor and Francis (Routledge), New York, pp. 112-124.

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There is a new type of home education parent challenging long-held assumptions about homeschooling (cf. Morton 2012). These parents are well educated (cf. Beck 2010) but have chosen to eschew the social and cultural capital (Bourdieu & Wacquant 1992) of school in favour of some- thing completely different. They are unschoolers, which involves ‘allow- ing children as much freedom to learn in the world as their parents can possibly bear’ (cf. Holt & Farenga 2003: 238). This chapter presents the approach taken by one researcher to explore the reasons families choose unschooling. These families can be difficult to access, because they often fail to register with home education units and thus remain outside the education system (cf. Townsend 2012). Their lack of registration makes them largely invisible, affecting their ability to make an important contribution to debates around education. In spite of this invisibility, many unschoolers are keen to talk to researchers to increase wider understanding of unschooling.

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ID Code: 76250
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: home education, unschool, school choice, parental choice, web 2.0, education research
ISBN: 9781138021389
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 21 Sep 2014 22:57
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2015 01:03

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